adidas and Solebox have teamed up to create “the adidas consortium Berlin”. Apparently the colours are based on the original adidas Berlin and the inside of the shoe shows you the original version. In Hikmet’s words, “combined in one shoe you get the OG and the Solebox version. The old Berlin and the new Berlin.” Released October 17.
SOLEBOX ADIDAS BERLIN
Solebox are true collaboration veterans who refuse to resign themselves to a formula, and let loose on the Berlin they’ve managed to make it premium in appearance, but incredibly lightweight on the foot. Mesh heavy on the upper, with faux-suede on the toe, lacestays and 3-Stripes this is a training design that’s still versatile and perfect for everyday wear. The light blue heeltab and tongue throwback to the Berlin’s debut incarnation, but the predominant use of black ups the stealth factor. Cleverer still, the shoe’s inner carries the outer details of the original version, down to the stripes. Gum soles are a perennial crowdpleaser, and it’s the original wave of adidas classics that helped confer that status. Here it’s no exception, with gum as a perfect partner with the stark looks above it. Gold lacetips, Solebox on the tongue beneath the trademark Trefoil branding and gold lettering is proof that even the tiniest details pay dividends.
ADIDAS CONSORTIUM – YOUR CITY
Linked thematically but often totally different in their silhouettes, shapes and purpose, during the ’70s and ’80s, adidas managed to represent for any key city you care to name on a round-the-world naming mission of sorts. The different waves, from defiantly European, low-slung creations, to chunkier, technical North American drops travelled even further afield over two decades. For winter 2009, the ‘Your City’ Consortium collection from adidas Originals is unique in its offering. Whereas previous collaborative projects might focus on a single shoe, here’s twelve different models, handed to twelve key Consortium retailers, on an appropriately worldwide scale. That means a unique set of makeups on a brace of shoes that transcend time periods and technologies, from the super simple, to the incredibly detailed, set to drop in three waves.
‘Your City’ encapsulates leisure, running and training designs within one loose brief – represent for your city using the model that bears it’s name. Nothing fuels creativity like local pride. The sole stipulation was to incorporate at least one colour from the original makeup of the shoe into your reworking to complement the source material.