adidas Spezial SS17 by Mat Buckets

New season adidas Originals Spezial always gathers a lot of attention. We thought we’d take to the streets of Manchester with fashion and lifestyle blogger Mat Buckets and photographer Jake Millers to give the latest SS17 gear a run out. The range consists of the military inspired Haslingden II Jacket, the full Forest Gate tracksuit and the Mallison trainer, amongst others. Have a look at the results below…       

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The Haslingden II Jacket – This men’s jacket is made in CORDURA®, a technical material often favoured for military gear because of its durability and weather resistance. Multiple cargo pockets give it a utility-inspired look.

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The Pleasington Rain Jacket is an update of one that debuted from the 70s, the material has water repellent finish and zip kangaroo pockets

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Inspired by a vintage football top from the French team FC Nantes, the Two Elevens Shirt delves into the brand’s rich history of sportswear.


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The Mallison SPZL features styling from the AS700 shoe, but has been updated with a new colourway for this season.

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The actual inspiration for this shoe isn’t fully known, it was an early prototype that was never fully made. The Wensley SPZL features nylon and suede overlays, with a gum sole.

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The original Jogger reborn based on the Hawaii tooling, with a short T-toe overlay and retro suede upper.

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Part of Drop 1, the Garwen SPZL has already proved to be popular – based around the Brisbane the brand have produced a low version of this boot with this great article.

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After releasing the New York for FW15, the range explored other city series running shoes with the Atlanta SPZL. Originally released in 1983, the shoe’s colour is inspired by the City’s sports teams.

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Thanks to Mat and Jake for their work around the range, look out for it dropping online 24/3/2017 00:01GMT and instore 9am.


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.



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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adidas SPEZIAL is back for AW’16.

Curated by Gary Aspden and shot by Nick Knight, adidas Spezial is back for aw’16. A contemporary collection of modern sportswear which takes its inspiration from the rich adidas archive.

For aw’16 a blend of premium, technical fabrics combine to create the range of sweats, tees, jackets and trousers whilst we see some of the most iconic shoes of past years recreated, including the Indoor Super SPZL, GT Manchester SPZL and Harwood SPZL to name just a few.

First launched in 2014, SPEZIAL pays homage to the iconic garments that have shaped the Adidas brand over the years and gives them a contemporary update. This season’s collection takes inspiration from the Mod Trefoil – a logo that was used in the first season of SPEZIAL and has since been replicated on football banners by fans all over the world.

The collection will be available in store and online at The Hip Store from Thursday 6th October.

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