Ever wondered what would happen if Adidas teamed up with a Savile Row tailor to produce a limited run of sneakers? Us neither. But being the mad dog renegades that they bloody are they went ahead and did it anyway.
Henry Poole was the first tailor to ever open up shop on the now famous Savile Row in London, home to the finest (and most expensive) custom made attire money can buy, arguably in the world. The collaboration, which also included sneaker retail juggernaut size?, saw the sartorial elegance of the lauded tailor intertwined with the fresh steeze of Adidas trainers – an unlikely combination but a huge win for sneaker fans.
The XR1s are themed after the midnight blue of Henry Poole’s original dinner jacket and the R2s feature the chalk and charcoal pinstripe favoured by Winston Churchill, though with three striped instead of the traditional two – a subtle nod to Adidas’ ubiquitous logo. The heeltabs feature Henry Poole’s signature selvedge finishing, which is a nice cherry on top of a well-thought out and respectful collection of ideas well executed into a stylish and sophisticated pair of trainers - too flash to ever set foot in a gym.