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The adidas Grand Slam is a… Grand Slam

adidas Grand Slam GW5772
adidas Grand Slam GW5772
adidas Grand Slam GW5772

Before basketball shoes became all the rage, many steeze-conscious types actually looked to tennis shoes for street style cues. Among the plentitude of sportswear brands making court shoes that became adapted for casual use is adidas, who are reissuing their Grand Slam heritage model and have given it a classy colourway. Despite its tennis origins, the design became a favourite within the terrace casuals crowd soon after its release in the 1980s.

One can only do so much with a tennis shoe when constrained within a classic look, such as the predominately white upper. However, adidas step up to the challenge on these Grand Slams by choosing tasteful accents in key areas. The stripe branding and heel tab are shaded verdant green, while the lining is a rather nice green and gold argyle pattern. Gold appears again on the tongue’s trefoil logo. The model’s three signature plugs in the heel – originally developed to be interchangeable to adjust the amount of heel cushioning, but is likely purely cosmetic on reissues – are coloured in each accent to tie in nicely. There is also an intriguing swing tag depicting a hamburger – which currently is unexplained.

Perhaps the full product story will emerge on March 1 when the adidas Grand Slam releases at boutique retailers including 43einhalb.

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