The adidas Sahalex is What GORP Dreams Are Made OfRelease: 19 November 2020
Keep your eyes open for the trail retro revolution that adidas are currently quietly instigating. Following the return of 90s curiosities like the FYW XTA and its FYW Secant update, another throwback flavour is returning: the Sahalex. Like many recent Three Stripes revivals, these draw on various archival inspirations without quite reproducing the same old shoe – resulting in a fresh update.
The Sahalex looks like it could have slipped in among the shelves at any outdoors store in the 1990s, thanks to its mesh and suede construction. It’s a practical setup that ensures breathability up top, and a generously-sized mudguard to do exactly what its name says. The toe bumper is coated with ubiquitous rubberised material seen on archetypical trail shoes, in this case ready to protect toes from any rock and (more likely) curb scuffs. It’s all functional design here: a lace-to-toe design offers plenty of fit customisation via the speed loops and traditional eyelets, and the pull tabs are sized to fit fingers but not snag shrubs. Comfort is also formidable with the spongy adiPRENE midsoles. Reflective-flecked rope laces, piped panel edges, and minimal branding complete this low-key stomper.
Selected global boutiques such as Wood Wood will be dropping the adidas Sahalex on November 19.