Dating back to 1988 and the Seoul Olympics that year, the Diadora IC4000 has been around the block a few times. Literally, it’s a shoe designed for running on asphalt. As part of an upcoming Diadora collection which saw the Italian brand collaborate with seven retailers around the world, Hanon have been given an opportunity at to provide their take on the runner. The result is the IC4000 ‘Yellow Eyes’ which draws inspiration from performance enhancing drug use – the dark side of the Games.
After Ben Johnson broke the world record in the 100m final at the '88 Olympics, he was stripped of his gold medal when he tested positive for anabolic steroids. In the end, five of the remaining seven runners from the race tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, earning the race the label of the dirtiest race in Olympic history. Yellowing of the whites of the eyes can occur from the use of anabolic steroids, as they cause damage to the liver.
The premium build of the IC4000 has been enhanced with the use of blue nubuck, yellow and white suede. The heel of the left shoe features the Hanon flame logo, while an eyeball has been stamped on the right. The eyeball returns as a print all over the lining, and the Impact Control sole unit features a white to yellow gradient which, when thought about in context, should be enough to frighten any athlete away from the temptations of performance enhancing drugs.
The Hanon x Diadora IC4000 ‘Yellow Eyes’ will be available August 6 from Hanon, jog on down to secure your own.