“Now the Adidas I possess for one man is rare, myself homeboy got 50 pair” – Back in 1986 Run DMC paid homage to their favourite trainers in the hip hop classic “My Adidas”. Fast forward 26 years and the love for adidas originals trainers is still as strong as ever. Not only from the hip hop community but stars of sports, screen and mainstream music alike, with celebs like David Beckham, Snoop Dogg and Katy Perry all championing the brand.
The appeal of adidas originals trainers in the UK is in their simple, vintage styling. Mixing old skool street level cool with sporting icons from the past, the trainers are hot property in a time when retro sports fashion is a key part of the urban uniform.
Below are what I consider three of the best adidas Originals trainers available in the UK:
Adidas Originals Forum Mid – These beasts of the streets were born on the basketball courts of the early eighties and went on to become one of adidas’ most successful basketball trainers of all time. Adopted by the b-boys of New York these Adidas Originals trainers quickly moved from courts to kerb and it wasn’t long before a pairs of Forum Mids could be seen windmilling around a large piece of lino to the sounds of Grand Master Flash.
Adidas Superstar – Again this adidas originals trainer’s roots are in the basketball court. The Superstar was a cut down version of the Adidas Pro Model basketball trainer and by the late 70’s over 75% of the NBA sported the unique shell toe shoe. Thanks to its use in basketball the adidas Superstar was becoming more and more popular on the streets of America. After Run DMC walked on stage sporting the Superstar with laces undone, tongue pulled out, a new style was beamed across the globe and the adidas Superstar were etched in history for ever.
Adidas Samba – With over 35 million pairs of adidas Samba sold worldwide they have become adidas Originals second best selling trainer of all time. Not bad for a trainer that started out life as an indoor football boot. Thanks to its simple good looks and durability the Samba was adopted by stars of screen and music and has gone on to make several appearances on the silver screen itself, most notably being worn by Owen Wilson in the film You, Me and Dupree.
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