Adidas Superstar: Made in France Consortium edition

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The Adidas Superstar is a great trainer. 

While its influence on UK style has been oversold – it didn’t really appear on Britain's radar until 1990 – its chunky shape, ‘shell’ toe and versatility has made it a favourite with hip-hop fans. After all, Run DMC, a bit late to the three-stripe party if truth be told, wrote My Adidas about it. 

Despite the later addition of fat laces and references to Bronx block parties, the Superstar is actually a basketball shoe, originally made in Europe. Launched in 1969, its 45th birthday – because trainers now have birthdays, don’t they? – is being celebrated by the release of a smart Made in France Consortium edition. 

The new version is manufactured by Ateliers Heschung, a family-run factory that made much of Adidas’s output in the 1970s. Bringing the philosophies of minimalism and luxury together in one shoe, it’ll look really good with jeans.

Adidas says: “Constructed in luxurious premium leather, the Superstar’s upper is stitched to its distinctive rubber toe cap and tooling with traditional hand-held techniques. In keeping with the original, the three stripes and unbranded heel-tab are executed in smooth black leather whilst the crisp white upper is complimented by a subtle vintage ivory tone throughout the shell-toe, outsole and soft leather lining.”

The trainer will be available from Dec 12 at Consortium retailers globally.








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