adidas Originals – Samba Spezial drop 2

adidas Spezial take on another classic from the archive with this re-imagined version of the Samba in the second drop of the season.

This iconic shoe is featured in a new core black, white and metallic gold colour way and takes its inspiration from the vintage British Sambas which were available in the UK only during the 70’s and 80’s.

Other additions to this pack include a black Beckenbauer tracksuit, bold graphic t-shirt and Bulhill shoe in a new brown colour way.

Lauches 3rd November.

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Saucony Originals – Pumpkin Spice Grid SD

Saucony embrace Autumn with this Pumpkin Spice Grid SD. Taking its inspiration from straight from the Pumpkin Spiced Latte, yes you did read that right, this iteration of the Grid SD features a mix of premium burnt orange leather and suede on the upper with metallic orange accents giving a nod to the smoky & bold hues of Autumn.

As with all things Saucony produce, the construction is pretty special. The toe box is wrapped in perforated cream Wolverine silkee suede while the midsole features an orange rust, smoky brown and transitions into white with brown speckle towards the toe box. A pigskin sock liner ensures increased comfort with every wear and suede adorns the tongue with cinnamon accent rope laces.

This shoe will be available in limited numbers from The Hip Store on Friday 28th October

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adidas Originals by White Mountaineering AW’16

“One, design. Two, utility. Three, technology” – that’s how Mr Yosuke Aizawa summarises the ethos behind White Mountaineering.

With that in mind the much-anticipated collaboration between White Mountaineering and adidas Originals makes its return for AW’16, seeing the adidas Originals design DNA reinterpreted through the eyes of Yosuke Aizawa.

Staying true to the White Mountaineering design philosophy, the partnership sees adidas’ rich sportswear history reimagined with White Mountaineering developing classic sportswear pieces reworked into exciting contemporary designs.

Dropping 27th October

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YMC x Padmore & Barnes

Padmore and Barnes have been hand crafting beautiful shoes from their Kilkenny factory since 1934. Responsible for the production of the classic Clarks Wallabee  until 1987 when Clarks moved their production overseas, not to be deterred, the team at Padmore and Barnes decided to keep doing what they do best and have been making their own quality footwear ever since. To this day they are recognised as leaders in the field of design, innovation and production and continue to create some of the most sought after casual shoes in the market.

YMC were the UK sales agents for Padmore and Barnes when they first started over 20 years ago and join forces this season to re-issue some of their favourite, iconic styles.

The Trail Shoe

An original Padmore & Barnes suede upper wrapped in a textured rubber sole from heel to toe, the Trail shoe is hard wearing style, designed to last. They’re crafted from supple suede and completed with tonal laces and leather ankle trims.

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The Trail Boot 

An adaption of the Padmore and Barnes original moccasin the Trial Boot features a suede upper wrapped in a textured rubber sole from heel to toe, the Trail shoe is hard wearing style, designed to last. They’re crafted from supple suede and completed with tonal laces and leather ankle trims.

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One Piece Shoe

The One Piece Shoe is crafted from a supple black leather with a unique side lace construction, these hand stitched lace ups are placed on Plantation crepe soles and are finished with tonal laces and moccasin stitching around the toe.

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adidas x Spezial launch event

Last week saw the launch of the AW’16 collection of adidas Originals Spezial, curated by Gary Aspden.

To celebrate the launch we gathered at Munro House in Leeds for an exhibition of the look book, shot by Nick Knight featuring Wolf Gillespie, and a special (see what we did there) DJ set from Mr Terry Hall.

The latest collection sees some iconic pieces from the adidas archive re-imagined, the GT Manchester and Indoor Super being the talk of the night.

We also had a quick chat with man of the moment Gary Aspden, read it here.

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Bodega x Saucony Elite Shadow 5000 ReIssue

Bodega x Saucony Elite Shadow 5000 ReIssue

In 2010, when the Saucony Elite concept was born, the idea was for these reinterpretations of classic silhouettes to be released exclusively through high-level Japanese retailers. Well, as you can imagine, people were not very happy about that and while Saucony Elite shoes, ultimately, did not end up exclusive to Japan, they still became pretty exclusive and highly revered.

Six years later, that the Bodega entry into the Saucony Elite series remains extremely sought after. As part of Bodega’s ongoing tenth anniversary celebrations, the Bodega archive has been rifled through and luckily for us this much desired shoe is back.

Launches – SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER

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A chat with Gary Aspden

To celebrate the launch of the latest collection of adidas SPEZIAL we had a chat with man of the moment, Gary Aspden to get a little more insight into this season’s offering.

Here’s how it panned out.

So, what’s the thinking behind this season’s collection?

We used a graphic on a piece of knitwear in the first season of Spezial that we affectionately called the Modernist Trefoil. This graphic was reproduced for a banner by a group of Liverpool FC fans who were onto the range at the very beginning. They took this banner to a number of European games and in a very short space of time fans from other clubs created their own banners incorporating that graphic. I have since seen Spezial banners from a host of places – from Italy to Russia to Indonesia. There are a couple of really good ones at Old Trafford and there are now a number of banners at Ewood Park (I support Blackburn Rovers). That type of response to what we are doing doesn’t really get any better as far as I’m concerned – its a massive honour. adidas is inextricably linked with the subculture that surrounds British football but a lot of people who are into that are still only just discovering Spezial as distribution is relatively tight and it isn’t widely available. It still feels like a mass produced secret.

I wanted to reciprocate the love that has been shown for the Mod Trefoil by centring this latest collection around it. In many ways it’s become the unofficial Spezial logo. I love the fact that the popularity of the Mod Trefoil came from the people that buy the range as much as from us. There is nothing commercial or contrived about the way it has happened – it’s been organic and there is a purity to that. That deserves to be celebrated….

What’s your favourite piece this time around?

Today it’s the Sudell suit … it sums up what Spezial is all about. The fabrication is really slick and the linear Mod Trefoils across the chest are a subtle nod to the Lendl top. Spezial is about echoing and reinterpreting products from an era of adidas that I believe to be on the whole timeless.

What made you decide to reintroduce the Manchester?

There were a few reasons. They were originally created to be worn but only minimal quantities were originally available for retail due to the shoe being created outside of the traditional product creation/sell in cycle. The prices for the 2002 shoe had become so high and the chances of seeing them on foot were steadily becoming slimmer. I wanted to address that. Furthermore I was never 100% happy with them and whilst to some it had become a ‘sacred cow’ I knew there was room for improvement.

Why do you think the Manchester is such a sought after shoe?

It’s a good looking shoe that has never been overly distributed. It is associated with one of those cities that have played a huge role in the history and culture that surrounds the brand.

How do you decide what to bring back and when to introduce something new? Is it a pretty hard process?

People think I get to sit with the entire adidas back catalogue and just choose what I would like to bring back but this really is not the case. There are practical considerations that have to be navigated – primarily, does the tooling exist? And do we have appropriate lasts to match that tooling? These are the starting points. The cost of creating new toolings for sole units that don’t currently exist is not an option for such a niche range. Finding the correct last is crucial to the shape of the upper – a lot of lasts that were used for OG shoes no longer exist as they belonged to localised factories (many of those shoes were produced by licensees). We then have to ensure that what we do with Spezial has a point of difference from what the inline team are doing – hence why we on the whole reissue lesser known vintage shoes alongside new hybrids that have that vintage aesthetic. I am constantly being asked on social media to reissue stuff that has previously been put out by the inline team (particularly the ‘city’ series) which really would be a pointless exercise – that is not what adidas have brought me in to do.

A lot of talk has surrounded the Manchester but the Indoor Super looks pretty special too, what made you decide to bring this one back and how different is it from the original?

The simple answer is that I was not a fan of the 2004 reissue and thought that the Spezial team could improve upon it. Reissues are much more sophisticated now than they were back then. The Indoor Super is quite a well known archive shoe but historically these type of shoes were never that popular beyond the U.K. I personally believed that if we could get them right then they would be well received as they are a design classic. The good thing about classic designs is that if they are recreated with accurate specifications then they won’t be reliant solely on nostalgia for their popularity. We looked at several OG pairs with slight differences and took what we thought were the best bits from each. The upper specs are much more true to the vintage shoes, as are the materials/colours, but for me it is the improvement to the toe box that makes these. The resulting shoes and the response to them speaks for itself.

The collection has become pretty popular with some very prominent musicians and you have Wolf Gillespie as the face of this campaign. Is there an intrinsic link between SPEZIAL and the music scene or is it just coincidence?

I am a huge music fan. My first job in adidas was in Entertainment Promotions and consequently I have known a number of musicians (some of who I am a fan of) for many years now. I am pleased that some of those people really like what I am doing and have been very vocal in their support and love of it.

We chose Wolf for a number of reasons – primarily I don’t know any other teenagers who have hair like that and that was what we wanted for the styling of it. We like to present the range in ways that aren’t easy to pigeonhole so Wolf’s look fitted well. Kevin Cummins photographed his dad Bobby for the very first season so it was a nice continuation of that. It is a reflection of the fact that whilst Spezial is popular with a slightly older and more mature audience we are seeing more and more younger lads getting into it.

Do you keep one of everything for your personal collection?

Of course. adidas never had a long term plan for Spezial so I personally kept one of everything for posterity initially. Spezial has continued to roll through the love that it’s customers have shown for it so that archive is steadily growing.

Last but not least, if you had to pick your one favourite shoe of all time… what would it be?

Oh not that question … it’s like asking for my favourite album – it changes from day to day. I haven’t yet made my favourite adidas shoe of all time  – but I am going to try. Watch this space.

See the collection here.

adidas Originals Gazelle GTX ‘City Pack’

This season sees a rare addition to the adidas Originals historic City Series, with the iconic Gazelle transformed into a tribute to two of Russia’s greatest cities – Moskva & St. Petersburg.

Combining all elements of the classic’s design as a canvas to pay tribute, each of the two shoe’s colourways make reference to their namesake; for Moskva, a white full-grain leather upper nods to the original colour of the Kremlin walls, whilst contrast red overlays bring the city’s iconic colour to the fore. St. Peterburg’s offering then takes a darker seasonal turn in premium black nubuck, offset by collegiate royal three-stripes that references the city’s river, coat of arms and historic football legacy.

Available online 00.01 7th October

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Red Wing 8884 Camouflage Classic 6″ Moc Toe

Red Wing Shoes was built in line with the great American dream; if you worked hard enough, you could achieve anything. Since 1905, that ethos has been engrained into every cut and stitch that crafts a Red Wing boot, combining the finest leathers and quality materials with uncompromising craftsmanship,

The 8884 stays true to the classic Moc Toe design with the 6-inch triple-stitched leather upper, Traction Tred rubber outsole, and Goodyear welt construction but now features the Mossy Oak® camouflage pattern of autumn leaves in homage to the forest floors of the brand’s home in southern Minnesota.

Available in store and online soon.

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