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adidas ZXZ KZK Waterproof (Obyo)

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adidas ZXZ KZK Waterproof (Obyo)

A good example of my stupidity: I bought these when they dropped, sold them – and then ended up re-purchasing them again at a vastly-inflated price. That’s just how I roll.

Kazuki’s product design for the adidas Obyo series has been amazing. Not everything has been to my tastes, but that’s fine: I’d rather see a few things wander out of my comfort zone than a million colourways of the same old models. Where the KZK products really get my attention is the attention to detail and use of premium materials. Almost every item, whether that’s footwear or apparel, has clever construction and functional additions to clean shapes. I met and interviewed Kazuki in Tokyo for an adidas project back in 2008: language barriers didn’t stop us having an interesting conversation (even though an earthquake temporarily disrupted proceedings). He’s a quiet considered chap but actions speak louder than words.

And these ZXZs are no exception to the rule. Amazing brogue-quality leather on several panels is offset with Gore-Tex waterproofing and an unusual colour selection for what is effectively a running silhouette. Flipping an athletic shoe to almost dress shoe levels might have been done before, but it’s rarely looked this good.

I’d kill for another pair of US 8.5s to keep on ice.

adidas ZXZ KZK Waterproof (Obyo)

adidas ZXZ KZK Waterproof (Obyo)

adidas ZXZ KZK Waterproof (Obyo)

adidas Collwood ST

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adidas Collwood ST

The clocks changed last night, so what better time to go through the wardrobe and swap a few things over? Nestled amongst the piles of t-shirts and bags of jackets were these Collwood STs that I’d forgotten about.

These pre-production samples have got a Bucktown ST name tag on the side – I guess the correct ones hadn’t been punched out yet – and a few other minor details were changed before they reached the shops.

adidas Collwood ST

adidas Collwood ST

Good colourway for the summer. Can’t go wrong with white and gum.

Pictorial detritus

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adidas Questar

Malawi cichlids

Hell?

Fenced off

Block

Skies

Getting there with the reef tank...

Sunset

My future penthouse block...

adidas A.R.C. ZX 7000

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adidas A.R.C. ZX 7000

I never paid that much attention to the ZX 7000 to be honest: in my mind, it sat a little awkwardly between the regular runners and other more rugged models, such as the EQT. Well, that was my loss.

adidas A.R.C. ZX 7000

Treis and Kunle from Alife’s Rivington Club came over with us to adidas HQ in Herzogenaurach, Germany to work their magic on their part of the aZX project. “They just made it red!”, you might shout, and you’d be right.

But, damn, how good does it look? Exactly.

adidas A.R.C. ZX 7000

adidas Torsion SP Low Gore-Tex®

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adidas Torsion SP Low Gore-Tex®

A snow day – again – means that some waterproofing is required. Ditch the moonboots and find yourself a pair of these adidas Torsion Specials. They’re not the tallest model (you’ll get wet socks if you’re hiking through anything deeper than 2 inches), but my feet were still bone dry after an hour trudging through slush around Croydon.

And they look really good too: I voted them my favourite release of 2009 on Sneaker Freaker.

Sneaker Freaker

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Chris Aylen for Sneaker Freaker

Wow. I wasn’t expecting that to go online so quickly after the shoot with Errol.

Woody and the guys at Sneaker Freaker have just published a ‘catch up’ feature on my big (ie. silly) collection of trainers/sneakers after their interview with me for the Vintage feature they did a couple of years back. The models I chose to feature this time around were a little different to the ones I picked last time, so there’s not too much repetition. And I couldn’t be arsed to put them back in the attic either, so they’re now clustered around the flat instead.

Nice to be featured on there again: thanks Errol, Woody, Mafia and the crew.

Chris Aylen for Sneaker Freaker

adidas Crooked Tongues ZX 9000

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adidas Crooked Tongues ZX 9000

The Crooked Tongues piece in the adidas aZX puzzle, Charlie and Gary did a cracking job with the colours and material specification on these ZX 9000s. They’re packed with loads of great details: carbon fibre heel strike, charcoal 3M panels and other cool elements. I’m not sure these got the attention they deserved when they dropped back in 2008.

adidas Crooked Tongues ZX 9000

adidas DQM ZX 90

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adidas DQM ZX 90

I worked on the adidas aZX Consortium project: I conducted several of the interviews for the film side of the project while I was still at U-Dox. The product range came out almost a year after completing the background graft and I picked up as many of the shoes as I could. DQM’s cycling-intended model was one of the most unique in the series.

One of a few pairs of shoes I own that look even better from the wearer’s point of view. Excellence from Dave Ortiz and the crew, yet again.

adidas DQM ZX 90

adidas DQM ZX 90