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adidas Spezial: Hand-Burg

adidas hosted a major retrospective under the SPEZIAL banner last year, showcasing over 800 pairs of shoes supplied by UK collectors in London. Curated by Gary Aspden and Mike Chetcuti, SPEZIAL was such a success, they’ve buttered up for round two, heading north to Manchester as part of Design Week in mid-October. Upping the ante, they’ve also assembled an adidas Originals x SPEZIAL capsule collection of premium leisure wear and trainers that will hit the street later this year.


The all-white leather upper is inspired by a Japanese pair of Handball SPEZIAL that Gary picked up in Tokyo in 1999. The upper is complemented by a rich cream inner lining and is married up with the sole unit of the much-loved Hamburg. Finally, the toe was slimmed down and the shoe is signed-off with a gloss SPEZIAL stamp and tongue patch.


We’ll have more exclusive SPEZIAL news so check back for your daily updates and check the huge SPEZIAL feature in Issue 31 of Sneaker Freaker.


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