So how did this come about? I guess it started last year when Size? did their ‘Tournament Edition 3.0’ collaboration with Adidas releasing 4 pure white classics just in time for Wimbledon. They were named after three famous tennis greats – Stan Smith, Rod Laver, [Ilie] Nastase Master and um, Powerphase. Nah, never heard of it either.
Weirdly enough though when you lined them up it was the Powerphase that came across as both the most futuristic and the most retro of the four on offer. The kind of thing Yuri Gagarin would’ve worn on his day off when he did a tour of Manchester driving through the streets of Moss Side just three months after his historic space flight. It’s the future and the past in one simple design.
Adidas went on to release a red, grey and blue version in suede rather than the leather of the white and black ones. On the foot it feels and looks like a court shoe (tennis or basketball, indoor or down Fog Lane park) or for walking along an empty sandy beach at sunset with an inflatable banana under one arm and a Camo bucket hat in the other. It’s that versatile!
As a design it can handle itself on the pavement, so won’t crumple under the weight of its own hype. Apparently it was originally made as an alternative to Reeboks Exofit, competing for the exercise/gym/jogging market that went big in the mid/late 80s.
But mostly it’s an ideal shoe to wean you off the three stripes obsessive compulsive disorder. If you’re trying to get away from the suede pump fixation but can’t quite lose the Adidas brand in one go then these are ideal for your purpose – slow release, bring you down gradually, custom design for your needs. It allows you the pleasure of wearing Adidas trainers without the guilt or baggage of losing out on the three stripes glare.
This updated Powerphase has:
- EVA cushioned midsole for extra comfort
- fabric insole
- Perforated sides and toebox for lightweight breathability
- Padded tongue for comfort with logo detail
- Embroidered logo patch to side
- Outsole grip for superior traction
- Trefoil branding on sides, heel and tongue
Weekend Offender bag photographers own