adidas Spezial and Liam Gallagher
Sian Cuthbert Davis looks at the latest creative collaboration from the sportswear giant
Now there’s another reason to rock (and roll) your favourite footwear this summer. Earlier this year, adidas Spezial and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher announced the imminent arrival of a LG2 SPLZ shoe fit for a rockstar. Gallagher himself began wearing adidas long before his epic rise to fame. The iconic Three Stripe branding has been as much a part of him as his music back catalogue. In response, many of his admirers have also adopted his die-hard approach to the brand, creating a recognisable ‘uniform’ among his fans. Throughout his career the rockstar has stayed loyal to the brand, nurturing a close friendship with Spezial founder Gary Aspden along the way. And, as of July 22nd, their latest collaboration will be on the street.
Arriving as a ‘celebration of heritage and musical legacy,’ the new iteration builds on the success of its parent, the original LG SPZL. The trainer explores shades of white and tonal material choices on a silhouette that combines inspiration from both archival adidas squash and indoor models. Gallagher’s creative seal of approval is seen with his white and blue graphic portrait on the tongue underneath a slogan reading: ‘Endorsed by Liam Gallagher.’
The LG2 SPZL features a chalk white nylon upper on a grey and white EVA Die-cut midsole and a serrated rubber outsole. Further detailing then gives texture to the look, including light grey flocked stripes, asymmetric suede overlays at the toe, and asymmetric rubber toe guards. To stay true to the spirt of the collaboration, the trainer is topped off with a print of the adidas Spezials Mod Trefoil logo on the right heel counter.
The new Spezial is coming with all the cool of the 90s indie rock scene and the mod style of Gallagher himself. Each pair comes with reimagined custom packaging paying homage to vintage adidas boxes and the previous LG SPZL release. To seal the deal, there’s also a leather hangtag portrait of the singer/songwriter on the box, just in case. The limited-edition run will be available at CONFIRMED and select retailers nationwide.
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