ART NUMBER: AD1019
MADE IN: CANADA
adidas really went for the comfort market with this model, ditching the conventional laces for an oh-so lazy double Velcro fastening system. Gone is the adidas branding from the tongue, just leaving the iconic three striping to identify the maker. These were definitely aimed at the older customer.
Using the same gum sole unit as the standard model, and a virtually unchanged suede upper except for the beefed up panelling for the strap fastenings, it really is a lazy attempt by a designer on a Friday afternoon. But it just seems to work? Muted colours, easy fastening, they just scream out ‘Pensioner’ to me.
I’m guessing these were not a great seller on their initial release due to the rarity, and Velcro has a love it or hate it appeal to most collectors, so they may have been passed over on sale rails. I’ve seen quite a few models of adidas in my time, but I have never seen a pair of these, until now. A truly rare collectors piece, although, not the most aesthetically pleasing model to the eye. That’s where their appeal lies I think.
The question is, would you wear them though?
Text: Mike Stopforth