by Steve Jaconetta
To celebrate the adidas x SPEZIAL exhibition, adidas Originals has created this limited edition Capsule Collection.
After the success of last years SPEZIAL exhibition, adidas and curators Gary Aspden and Mike Chetcuti are set for round two, briging the collection to Design Manchester 14 as part of Design Week, which opens on October 24. This year, adidas Originals has created a special Capsule Collection, featuring premium editions of the classic Boston and Gazelle silhouettes, that promises to return the 'Three Stripes' to its northern UK heartland.
First up is the adidas Originals Boston SPZL. This pair draws inspiration from a Spanish-made shoe that generated a lot of interest at the first SPEZIAL exhibition. They come in a grey, white and cardinal colorway. Featuring a re-worked Boston upper, sitting atop the sole of the ZX 710. The distance between the eyestay and the toe is significantly shorter than the Boston Super, adding a really sharp edge to the shoe’s profile. Also, the tongue and toe padding was removed to give the Boston SPZL an enhanced vintage quality.
Second is the adidas Originals Gazelle SPZL. This pair is known as the 'Topanga' edition, inspired by a pair of vintage Californias in Nigel Lawson’s collection. They come in a chestnut and charcoal colorway. Featuring a revised upper which produces a relatively short toe profile, and distinguishes the silhouette from many other reissues from this era. Sporting a full chestnut suede upper with tonal nubuck stripes, while a charcoal grey midsole and a gum sole underneath complete the resurrection of this forgotten gem.
The SPEZIAL x adidas Originals Capsule Collection is set to release at select adidas Originals retailers on Saturday, October 25..
UPDATE 10/9: Along with the Boston and the Gazelle, adidas Originals is also set to release SPEZIAL editions of the Touring and Hand-Burg silhouettes.
adidas Originals Hand-Burg 'SPEZIAL'
adidas Originals Touring 'SPEZIAL'
adidas Originals Boston 'SPEZIAL'
adidas Originals Gazelle 'SPEZIAL'
Steve Jaconetta is the Release Dates & Archive Editor of Sole Collector and you can follow him on Twitter here.