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Wales Bonner Japan

Adidas x Wales Bonner Launch

The final issue of Adidas and Grace Wales Bonner’s collaboration is upon us. Dubbed “Black Sunlight”, the collection concludes a trilogy of releases that intended to highlight the world of Afro-Caribbean and Black British intellectualism.

Following on from the apparel release back in November, the duo have dropped a collection of four footwear models using the Adidas ‘Japan’ silhouette as their creative canvas. The collection gives off serious ’80s vibes, offering timeless style while elevating your footwear rotation with a touch of luxury:Wales Bonner Japan

 

 

“Dark Marine/Easy Yellow/Cream White”

Constructed from a navy nylon upper, this pair features suede patches to the side and heel of the shoe. Blue leather forms the toe box and eyelets as well as a cross at the back of the shoe, following the archival traits of the Japan model. A soft yellow is present on the tongue and stripes alongside detailed cotton stitching. Underfoot, an off-white midsole cushions every step while gold foil branding completes the shoe.

 

“Cream White/Easy Yellow/Dark Brown”

Seemingly the most luxurious pair of the collection, this colourway is crafted using a soft, premium, cream-white leather. An easy yellow suede is draped over the toebox and heel, while a dark brown covers the heel tab, tongue lining and three stripes. A knitted cotton tongue adds to Wales Bonner’s distinctive retro style and the trainer is completed with brown stitching to the heel.

 

“Dark Brown/Collegiate Burgundy/Easy Yellow”

The only pair with a suede upper, this colourway sees the combination of brown and burgundy to give off a vintage feel. The crossed heel, again, follows the archival traits of the Japan silhouette, using a burgundy leather. A soft yellow midsole offers a reminder to classic 80’s runners and white lacing helps to complete the shoe. Gold foil branding is present in the form of “Wales Bonner” and the Adidas Trefoil Logo.

 

 

Shop the collection from 18/02/22 in store and online at Aphrodite Clothing.

 

 

 

Adidas Stan Smith & Superstar

Adidas Classics: A Contemporary Twist

The Adidas Superstars and Stan Smiths are arguably two of the most notable silhouettes in the brands history. Made for tennis courts and adopted by the streets, both sneakers had a huge cultural impact, breaking down boundaries between the world of sport, music and streetwear.

Offering true innovation through its iconic shape, the Superstar was the first of its kind. A low top leather basketball sneaker oozing with versatility and functionality. Its unique style led to 3 out of 4 pro ‘ballers wearing them in the 70’s, and as result, they received a rapid rise of popularity in the streets. The casual trainer, featuring a notable shell toe-box, ended up being repped by fan favourites Run-DMC, showcasing the sneaks in the limelight, and highlighting exactly why they are a must-cop.

Adidas Superstar 82

Stan Smiths are not to be forgotten either! Gracing tennis courts globally with their, then, innovative materials. The supple leather shoe, designed by Robert Halliet, was at the forefront of old school sport sneakers. Its sleek silhouette and perforated three stripes quickly found themselves being worn by fashion lovers all over the world. Offering yet another extremely versatile trainer, the Stan Smith (like the superstar) is a necessity in any OG sneakerheads rotation.Adidas Stan Smith H

In an effort to reiterate the iconic status of Stan Smiths and Superstars to the younger generations, Adidas have offered a contemporary take on the much loved shoes. Both silhouettes see their upper dressed in a premium pebbled leather and coloured in an urban black for a more modern look. An off white mid and outer sole gives the shoes a stylish contrast, while the shell toe-box of the Superstar is constructed from rubber, offering increased protection and quality. The trendy two-tone look and luxurious feel offers timeless styling options and creates sneakers that can be used for years to come.Adidas Stan Smith & Superstar

Shop the updated Adidas Stan Smith and Adidas Superstar, online and in-store, at Aphrodite Clothing.

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Adidas x Parley – UltraBoost 5.0 DNA

It’s no big secret that we, as consumers, need to have a good think about our own environmental impact. With Co2 emissions and global warming on the rise, we need to look toward making positive eco-friendly choices, reducing our waste and carbon footprint, and increasing sustainability. 

Luckily Adidas and Parley have teamed up once again, dropping a new eco-conscious iteration of the UltraBoost 5.0 DNA.  Adidas-Parley-Ultraboost-5.0-DNA-1

The upper of the shoe is made using a high-performance yarn constructed from 50% recycled polyester and 50% Parley Ocean Plastic. Fabricated from old plastic waste, originally found on beaches and shorelines, Parley Ocean Plastic ensures a lightweight and durable prime knit upper that benefits ocean clean-up and reduces your carbon footprint. A colourful plastic heel tab supports your feet while running and adorns ‘UltraBoost’ branding. The iconic three stripes work their way up the side of the shoe and provide 8 eyelets to lace up your trainers. A soft suede toe-box and a bright ‘coral’ lining help to finish off the upper alongside Adidas branding to the tongue and an inner sole transcribed with “End Plastic Waste”.  

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Adidas are always at the forefront of sportswear innovation, and so,  their Boost midsole offers the ultimate comfort, ideal for running due to its responsiveness and unparalleled cushioning. Tucked away within the midsole, Torsion Bar technology can be found, allowing for ergonomic foot movement and increased support while on the go. The UltraBoost 5.0 is finished off with a rubber Continental outer sole, made with the same rubber as continentals car tires, durability is assured and the unique grip pattern will ensure traction on the most treacherous of terrain.  

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A sleek, colourful and comfortable running shoe that comes complete with a massively reduced environmental impact, what’s not to love? Shop the Adidas x Parley UltraBoost 5.0 DNA online and in-store at Aphrodite Clothing.  

Introducing the adidas Earlham Trainers

adidas are no strangers to creating a classic and versatile pair of footwear, and the adidas Earlham Trainers are no exception. adidas for over 70 years have created simple but effective footwear choices that make choosing an outfit 10 times easier, and with a monochrome pair such as the Earlham’s, it can’t get easier.

Adidas Earlham Trainers

Arriving to the shelves of the sneaker obsessed, the adidas Earlham trainers are presented in a sleek and minimalist approach to smart but casual wear. Dressed in all-white and all-black perforated leather, these low collared trainers are a nod to the brands archive silhouettes, with the iconic stripe design to either side of the shoe and classic gold metallic branding. This 70s inspired shoe sees a rubbered outsole, cushioning each step with maximum comfort whilst the branded tongue lies over the arch of the foot and supports the 7-eyelet lacing system, allowing for the greatest support when wearing the Earlham trainers all day. Style these classics with any smart/casual outfit, whether it’s smart trousers, jeans or joggers the Earlham trainers are fit to be a go-to everyday no matter the occasion. 

Adidas Earlham Trainers

Shop the adidas Earlham Trainers in Black or White at Aphrodite online and in-store now.  

adidas x Wales Bonner

adidas Originals x Wales Bonner AW21 Collection

Rounding up a trilogy of collabs between the sportswear giant and Central Saint Martin’s graduate, we’re pleased to inform you that the latest adidas Originals x Wales Bonner capsule is imminent and we’re proud stockists of the collection.

Titled ‘Black Sunlight’, the series succeeds previous themes of ‘Essence’ in spring/summer 21 and ‘Lovers Rock’ from the autumn/winter 20 lineup. Centered on themes of Caribbean Thought and Black British intellectualism; poets, scholars, and artists from India, West Africa, and the Caribbean are explored within the offering, with Bonner highlighting their various works and how they’re responsible for advancing postcolonial discourse in the UK.

Described as a homage to the ‘80s, Black Sunlight literally propels the Wales Bonner endeavor into a new era, with the last two collections feeling distinctively ’70s, the adidas x Wales Bonner AW21 collection celebrates the radical movements of the ‘80s – a time where academic and spiritual growth felt boundless. Enlivened by way of signature ‘80s cuts, the collection boasts an array of tees, pants, tracksuits, jackets, and accessories, including a Trefoil loaded sun hat. Sticking with the scholar tones, the designs are embellished with collegiate graphics throughout.

This most recent offering in the adidas x Wales Bonner series has been shot by the hugely talented Tyler Mitchell. Photographed on a balmy summer afternoon, a cast of models can be seen exploring a green vista with instruments, footballs, bikes, and other objects captured, along with vibrant ribbons and fabrics intertwined. “The images seek to convey emotive feelings of freedom, intimacy, and brotherhood drawn out through unfettered authenticity and connectedness.”

There are also some Wales Bonner Japan trainers on route too. Though these won’t drop till February, the prospect of a Bonner rendition of the iconic adi’ silhouette is very exciting indeed. Colourways of the adidas x Wales Bonner Japan sneaker will span Dark Marine/Easy Yellow/Cream White, Hazy Yellow/Brown/Dark Brown, Cream White/Easy Yellow/Dark Brown, and Dark Brown/Collegiate Burgundy/Easy Yellow. Look out for these dropping in the New Year.

Shop the adidas Originals x Wales Bonner AW21 Collection when it launches at Aphrodite 16/11/21.

Adidas Hamburgs – Historic Icons

Adidas Hamburg Trainers – Decade Symbols

Symbolic of the 1980s, the hotly anticipated re-release of the Adidas Hamburg dominates the world of footwear yet again, enticing the modern man with a taste in retro clothing. Originally released in 1982 as a training staple, the shoe has evolved over the years into a cross between running and fashion, setting the standard for performance footwear over the years. Associated with the football casuals and mod scenes, the shoe thrived on its more simplistic approach to trainers, formulating a robust and long lasting staple for every males wardrobe.

Hamburg Trainers

Inspired by the Hamburg urban life, the silhouette was birthed into the Adidas ‘City Series’, yet held a more exclusive status amongst the others due to the brands inability to keep up with the demand. A prize piece amongst avid collectors, the Hamburg sees itself re-invented season upon season to keep up with the desire to invest in the iconic shoe. Helping to constantly turn back the clock on the three stripe heritage, the shoe pays respects to iconic moments in music, football and fashion cultures.

Hamburg Trainers

Combining the desirable features of the Adidas silhouettes, the latest drop of Hamburgs introduces a range of bubble gum retro shades draped across each look, with textured premium plush suede uppers oozing a textural fantasy of luxury. Gold foil callouts and retro gum outsoles accompany trefoil branding to the tongue, whilst leather heel and t-shaped toe panels provide a layered approach. Perfect for teaming with your favourite pair of denim for the streets, or gym wear for a retro sports look these iconic silhouettes are set to level up your shoe game year after year.

adidas have been churning out some heat this month with these new Hamburgs following on from the release of the adidas TRX Runner.

Shop Our Collection of Hamburgs at Aphrodite Clothing Now.

adidas gazelle vintage og

adidas Gazelle Vintage Goes OG

The adidas Gazelle Vintage is available in ‘Blue Cloud White’ & ‘Scarlet Red / Cloud White at Aphrodite 

Aside from the Gazelle’s affinity with the sporting world and acceptance into just about as many style tribes as you could name, one of its most distinguishing features which saw it skyrocket to cult classic heights was its ability to take on a plethora of vibrant shades. Having now been seen in just about every hue you could imagine, the sneakers put the brakes on expanding their multi-coloured domain and instead look to the past for this latest release.

adidas gazelle vintage blue FU9656

Arriving constructed from a textured hairy suede, this interpretation of the adidas Gazelle Vintage takes on its forefathers OG colourways, referencing when the sneakers first stepped on the scene during the ’60s in two distinct shades of both red and blue. Featuring serrated edge contrast three stripe branding to the sides as well as a trefoil insignia to the tongue, the sneakers come stamped with the classic gold metallic callout to the lateral side of the heel.

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Further enhanced with a shortened version of adidas’ t-toe overlay, the sneakers are finished with a traction providing rubber outsole as well as a luxurious leather lining.

The adidas Gazelle Vintage ‘Scarlet Red / Cloud White’ and ‘Blue / Cloud White’ are available at Aphrodite now.

adidas SL72 FV9783

adidas SL72 : Timeless Runners

Not only was the adidas SL72 the founding silhouette of the Super Light series and the first to bear the mark of the trefoil, but their development for the 1972 Munich Olympic games was oversaw by non-other than brand founder Adi Dassler himself. In short the trainers were set for greatness and now almost 50 years later they still remain very much centred toward the upper echelons of notable three stripe footwear.

 

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Inspired by heritage track runners, the trainers are known for their modest detailing, sleek lines and streamlined shape, features which would see them quickly taken from their performance focused roots and applied to more fashion and lifestyle orientated circles. Constructed from a nylon base that was intended to keep things lightweight and breathable, the SL72 boasts suede overlays alongside three stripe branding to the sides.

 

adidas SL72 Navy / Red FV9783

 

Making reference to quintessential adidas design with a smart t-toe finish, this newest adaption comes presented in a contrasting mix of bold red hits against a deep navy base. Resulting in added visual depth whilst retaining its easily styled casual nature, you can find a lightweight EVA midsole and rubber outsole below for both comfort and traction.

The adidas SL72 ‘Legacy Blue / Solar Red / Tech Indigo’ FV9783 is available now online and in store at Aphrodite.

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

If we were to define something as an ‘instant classic’ then the adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide would be high on our list. Merging the worlds of fierce performance driven design and contemporary styling capabilities, the sneaker, born out of the combined efforts of, you guessed it, both adidas and multi-medium master Pharrell Williams, not only radiates buckets full of casual athleisure appeal but, acts as a catalyst for the best in both sportswear technology and creative expression to thrive.

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide
adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

With unapologetic colour blocking seen as a staple of the collaborations offering since its inception in 2014, this next partnered venture takes things in a totally different direction, replacing vibrant, punchy hues for subtle monochromatic uniformity. Giving the sneakers a real sense of grounded appeal, this vastly different visual approach highlights the technical nuance of the SolarHu’s unique silhouette bringing to the fore both pinpoint alterations and the diverse similarities it shares with its Ultra Boost counterpart.

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide
adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

Keeping the pairings core messages of love, hope, inclusivity and equality central to this latest release, the runners stick to the same winning formula which has earned them a place amongst some of the most revered footwear in the market. Deploying a double-helping of mesh and prime knit to their uppers, the SolarHu conforms it’s multi-material application to the shape of the foot allowing the intrinsically stretchy fabric to compliment the wearers movement, provide an improved fit and offer up additional support.

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

Below a substantial wedge of BOOST foam, moulded heel counter and Continental rubber stretch web outsole not only compliment the foots natural motion but add a generous dose of cushioning, traction and energy return capabilities.

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

Aside from advanced details and athletic augmentations the trainers still look as good as ever, retaining a number of toned down fan-favourite sign offs and trademark flourishes. Featuring an embroidered Hu callout to the toebox, tonal triangle branding and printed adidas tongue, the trainers are imbued with a plethora of reflective detailing, rounding out proceedings with an extra functional finishing touch.

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide

Flexing his ability to take anything lucky enough for his gaze to fall upon to the next level, Pharrell and adidas push forward in their unstoppable tirade of exceptionally good footwear, bagging the pair both another top-drawer addition to their already impressive arsenal and adding to an ever-growing list of monumentous collaborative results.

The adidas x Pharrell Williams SolarHu Glide launches both in store and online at Aphrodite 20/07/19 in the mean time take a closer look on our Youtube channel here.