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The Adidas Rouge has been causing quite a stir for a while now, as it is a special shoe for many Adidas collectors, often found in the same sentence as the word 'grail', and with the release of the reissue upcoming, you can only begin to imagine..
This shoe is set to see it's first release since way back in 1976 when they were made in Austria, so as you might have gathered, coming across a vintage pair is pretty tough coming, and Adidas fans have been screaming for a reissue for years now. With Adidas having pretty much reissued every other shoe under the sun, it's a wonder why we've had to wait so long for this one.
Anyway, Rouge is the French word for 'Red', and the shoe itself features a soft red bovine suede upper with contrasting royal blue leather drei-streifen and heel tab. The reissue will also feature a suede tongue, and everyone's favourite gum sole.
To celebrate the launch of the Rouge, Adidas Originals and hanon shop came together and put on a pop-up shop on Thursday 30th of October. The shoes would be available to purchase on the night, with various types of French food available to eat and plenty of Parisian beer to wash it down.
With the event kicking off at 6pm, and a couple of days before the official release, this gave punters the opportunity to grab their pair before everyone else, and a lengthy queue had already formed for opening.
As always with Adidas of late, they've been bang on with their graphics, and artwork was done by a man who seems to be making big moves of late, and thoroughly deserved, with his own recent Adidas collaboration, Peter O'Toole (@peterotooleart on Instagram). The clean typography was compiled by Lucas Jubb (@ljjubb on Instagram) and all graphics looked excellent, a really great job by those involved.
Some Stockholms were also on display along with the Rouge to coincide with their reissue later in the year, but unfortunately, it was my pair of 08 Stockholms on display rather than the reissue which only has some subtle changes, namely the sole unit.
Many people seemed to just come down to pick up a pair of Rouge, but a big shout to all those new and old faces who stayed around, drank some uber strong beer, ate all the food, and talked all things trainers. Also, a massive thanks to both Adidas and hanon shop for the hospitality. Until next time!
The whole 'Flux' technology from Adidas has been the talk of the town for a good while now, and it definitely doesn't seem like it's going to die down anytime soon, especially with all the excellent upcoming make ups. It's been pretty ground breaking, much like the hyperfuse from Nike, but Adidas seem to be going that one step further, and it's paying off big time.
Now don't get me wrong, the ZX 8000 itself is one of the best Adidas models out there, but for me, it had almost felt a little bulky on-foot, but now that it has been given the flux treatment, I can't use that as an excuse.
The ZX Flux 8000 Weave is an identical representation of the original much loved ZX 8000 model that launched back in '89. That distinctive turquoise blue upper with yellow accents, duped the 'Aqua', is a favourite colourway for many Adidas collectors, and trainer aficionados alike. We see this shoe get the Flux treatment, and all the panelling is now woven in using a jacquard technique, which creates a stunning minimalist silhouette, one that we really cannot fault!
If you're yet to pick up a pair of the ZX Flux Weave, then you really are missing out. There's plenty of great colourways out currently, and even more on the horizon, and all for a fair price in comparison to other shoes out there, so don't miss out.
In conjunction with the Crepe City 10 event, the good folks over at Adidas Originals set-up a really unique exhibition just around the corner from Truman Brewery on Dray's Walk. If you didn't swing by and check it out then you really did miss out, but luckily, I swung by and took some shots for you all to check out.
Adidas are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ZX8000 which was first introduced in 1989 and featured continually throughout the 90's, but they've switched things up this year and created the ZX Flux.
However, before we get into the ZX Flux, why not take a look at the evolution of the Adidas ZX range?
If you were lucky enough to be one of the few invited to the ZX Flux event on the Thursday night prior to Crepe City 10, then you'd of been lucky enough to hear the man of all things three stripes, Robert Brooks, talking you through the evolution.
There truly were some absolutely amazing pairs of Adidas ZX on show and if you like your Adidas then I'm sure you will agree. It was a privilege to be able to view these in person so big shout to Brooksy for bringing them along!
The epitome was the Adidas ZX series was the last on show and sat side-by-side with it's revolutionary new ZX Flux version limited to only 100 pairs, which really is a tremendous sight.
The ZX Flux introduces a clean and simple silhouette, which is specifically made to focus on performance. The model pushes boundaries with it's streamlined construction with form fitting one-piece upper and heel cage for support.
The full Spring/Summer 14 collection was on show at the pop-up store so be sure to check out the following images.
There are already numerous colourways available of the ZX Flux and they're nothing short of great, particularly the multicolour prism from the ZX Flux Photo Pack which has gotten everyone a little excited.
The image above shows just three of the colourways available already of the ZX Flux and gives you a taster of what sort of designs are possible on this shoe. We reckon Adidas should let their imaginations run wild!
As well as the Photo Pack, Adidas are also offering up the ZX Flux Weave Pack and other colourways with this weave style upper. Some may think these are similar to a Roshe Run, which may be true, but we have to say, these are a cut above. The weave on the Flux is a lot thicker than the Roshe, but they're still amazingly light.
If you're unsure of the ZX Flux with the graphics, then be sure to try on a pair of the woven style and you might just go home with a pair.
There were two ZX Flux that we saw a lot of over the course of CC on Saturday, the F&F 'never to be sold' purple weave, and also the purple consortium pair. As you can see, there isn't a great deal of difference between the two, but the consortium pair features an orange outsole, white heel cage and also a numbered lace lock.
The super talented Josh Parkin was also on hand to do some illustrations, and if you haven't already checked out his unique style of work, you're missing out big.
You can find him over on instagram @joshparkyart, he's also doing some commissions if you're looking for a personal piece!
Be sure to grab a pair of ZX Flux and keep your eye out for the next drop as the first lot flew out the door FAST!
Thanks again to Adidas for supporting the Crepe City event and everyone who was involved in setting up the ZX Flux installation, it was superb.