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adidas Orion, Terry Fox & The Marathon Of Hope

When it comes to adidas trainers with both style and substance, the adidas Orion is certainly up there. Made from a lightweight mixture of nylon and suede atop a sleek EVA foam midsole, the heritage runners which have remained relatively under the radar, see a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. Arriving as a one-to-one reissue of their original ’70s silhouette, despite their very good-looking terrace visuals and old-school sensibilities, the true legacy of the trainers lies in their time spent on the feet of non-other than Terry Fox during his courageous 143-day charity cancer run.

 

adidas Orion Trainers

 

Born July of 1958 in Winnipeg, Canada, even from a young age  Terrance Stanley Fox showed signs of mental toughness. Characterised by his tenacity and ability to work hard even in the face of adversity, Terry’s mother recalled his well long-drawn-out sessions spent playing with table-hockey or toy soldiers where games would last for hours, much to the amusement of Terry and the dismay of his siblings.

 

Channeling this attitude through his love of sports, Terry spent most of his life involved in some sort of physical activity, trying his hand at baseball, soccer and rugby during his younger days before eventually focusing his efforts on his passion for basketball. Standing at only 5ft and less than talented at the game, undeterred, Terry tried out for the Mary Hill School Team in a move that would lead him to cross paths with his then coach Bob McGill.

 

Despite spending much of his first season on the bench, McGill would give Terry a minute in each game as a reward for the hard work which he displayed during training, “If I had told Terry to hit his head against the wall, he would have”, McGill once remarked. Arriving at school early, leaving late, and spending many of his summer days playing 1-on-1 with his friend and fellow teammate Doug Alward, he eventually began to make first-team appearances before becoming a mainstay in the squad in the years that followed. Interestingly it was during this time was Terry’s was first introduced to long-distance running, having been advised to take it up by McGill who thought his build and stature may have suited it better. Not wanting to let his coach down and ignoring his less than positive outlook on the sport, Terry decided to give it a shot planting the seeds of what was to come.

 

Terry Fox Marathon Of Hope

 

Pursuing his love of sports into University with the hopes of one day becoming a physical education teacher, it was in November 1977 when Terry’s life began to veer in a new and unexpected way. Driving toward his family home he reportedly became distracted by nearby building works, causing him to crash his car into a stationary pickup truck. Writing his vehicle off, Terry luckily managed to emerge largely unscathed aside from a persistent pain in his right knee which continued to flair up until the following year.

 

After becoming increasingly concerned he decided it was best to get checked over at the hospital, where to his surprise he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a rare cancer that often stems from the leg joint. If such news was not enough for one person to handle, Terry was informed that he not only had to begin what would be a 16-month long chemotherapy regime but that his right leg must be amputated.

 

In typical Fox fashion this his battle with cancer and loss of one leg didn’t slow him down one bit, in fact, some could say it even had the opposite effect. Given a prosthetic leg, he slowly began the tentative and daunting task of working his way back to physical strength. Walking just three weeks after surgery before playing golf with his father and becoming a member of the national wheelchair basketball team later in the year, which he went on to win three national titles as well as earn the accolade of all-star in 1980.

 

Terry Fox Run

 

But despite his love of basketball, it was the world of long-distance running which Terry would lay out his master plan. Having been given a 50% survival rate at the start of his treatment, he discovered that without recent advancements in medical practice his chances would have been at around 15%. Coupled with his time spent undergoing much of his treatment at British Columbia Cancer Control Agency Facility, where he came to know others with battling the disease, he became disheartened at the lack of attention cancer research was being shown. Using this as his fuel and learning that Dick Traum had become the first amputee to run the New York Marathon just the night before his procedure, Terry’s goal became clear and training began.

 

With time needed for the springs in his artificial leg to reset after each step, it was evident Terry needed some time to grow accustomed to his newfound change in gait. Running around 3107 miles over the course of 15 months and taking part in a 17-mile race in Prince George just 2 years after losing his leg, he finally found himself ready to share his intentions with those closest to him, to which, when Terry’s mother Betty told his father Roland, he simply responded, “when?” The Marathon of Hope had been realised and Fox’s journey across the full length of Canada from the east to the west coast was on.

 

Terry Fox Run Across Canada

 

Hoping that he could not only shed some new light on cancer research but raise at least 1 dollar from each Canadian citizen, Terry Sent a letter to the Canadian Cancer Society where Terry famously wrote, “I’m not a dreamer, and I am not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But I believe in miracles. I have to.” Despite their early skepticism, they agreed to support him in his mission but only if he managed to get both sponsorship support and a medical check over before he began. Much to their surprise soon after Terry was back, armed with support from those including adidas, Ford and CEO of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Isadore Sharp, and despite a diagnosis of left ventricular hypertrophy, true to his word Terry began his trek on the 12th April 1980.

 

Covering around a marathon a day, battling through adverse weather, and dealing with the long list of injuries, strains and stresses that come with running with only one leg, Fox fought his way through 143 days of consecutive running which took him around two-thirds of the way across the country. Initially disappointed with the lack of support and hostility from particularly passing cars during the early portions of the run, Terry’s story soon spread like wildfire and it wasn’t before long before crowds were out in their masses alongside a flood of donations and media coverage.

 

Working his way through six provinces and 3339 miles, unfortunately on September 1st, 1980 after experiencing a severe coughing fit and chest pains Terry was forced to cut his mission short just outside of Thunder Bay. Driven to the hospital, only after he had run to where there were no spectators as to not let the crowd down, it was discovered that the cancer had returned having spread to his lungs. In the days that followed the support did not waver, a telethon was organised in Terry’s name which raised around $10 million, Isadore Sharp, who had had only recently lost his son to melanoma and remained one of Terry’s biggest supporters throughout, established an annual run in his name. Telegramming the family, Sharp stated, “You started it. We will not rest until a cure for cancer is realized.”

 

Terry Fox Marathon

 

Having raised well in excess of his initial goal and captured the hearts and minds of the world, Terry Fox sadly succumbed to his condition on June 28th, 1981. Honoured through countless statues, street names, and more Terry’s story lives on to this day not only as a remarkable driver of cancer research. The youngest person to be awarded the Order of Canada, named newsmaker of the year and the nation’s top athlete, he was also given the highest award from the province of British Columbia alongside a permanent exhibition in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Through organisations and events such as the Terry Fox Foundation and the annual Terry Fox Run which has now been going for over 40 years, his message remains not only a practical positive force in the world but a symbol of determination, perseverance and human spirit.

adidas Orion Trainers

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adidas Barcelona Trainers

adidas Barcelona : The City Series Continues

When it comes to no nonsense, low profile designs and archive inspired detailing, you cant go far wrong then with the adidas ‘City Series.’ Drawing inspiration from various cultural hotbeds across the globe, some of the most sought after and rarely seen silhouettes grace its ranks including the newly refurbished adidas Barcelona.

 

adidas Barcelona

 

First released in the collections early days during the ’70s and ’80s, the adidas Barcelona has remained scarcely seen for the past 30 years. Rearing its head briefly in the latter stages of last year with a selection of minimal white predominately leather colourways, the trainer truly made a resurgence following its limited edition soiree with Manchester United.

 

adidas City Series Barcelona

 

Taking things in a completely new direction, this latest update to the Barcelona saga, sees more traditionally aligned fabrics deployed alongside a double helping of vibrant primary hues. Constructed from a supple suede fabric and utilising the fan favourite t-toe construction for additional support in areas of high stress, the trainers boast leather overlays to the heel and sides in the form of a triple helping of striped accents.

adidas Barcelona Sneakers

Below, the trainers lift their sole unit from that of their like-minded peer, the Trimm Trab. Adding a slightly yellowed appearance as a nod to its vintage roots and slimming down the proportions just a touch to fit seamlessly into modern day styling, embossed branded can be found to the rear quarter. With further logos found to the tongue as well as a contrasting trefoil to the back, the Barcelona is finished with a metallic gold namesake motif, for easy identification when on-foot.

Get your hands on the adidas ‘City Series’ Barcelona now online at Aphrodite.

 

adidas Originals Munchen Trainers

adidas München Trainer Duo Lands

Taking a walk in the park never looked so good

You can always rely on adidas Originals to serve up the goods right when we feel we need them most. The German sportswear heavyweight has quite literally knocked it out the park and straight into the stratosphere with its latest München delivery which we’ve just received delivery of here at Aphrodite.

adidas Munchen Trainers Hazy Green

Taking design cues from the Englischer Garten in Munich – an 18th-century English landscape nestled in the heart of Bavaria and well known as one of the globe’s largest urban parks – the adidas Munchen trainers come tooled with a playful palette and experimental internal patterns. 

adidas Munchen

Donning hairy suede in the upper, in ‘hazy green / wild pink’ and ‘green oxide’ colourways respectively, for a grassy appearance, the Munchen trainers welcome a vibrant floral wrap internally; created to emulate the blooming, lush nature of the Englischer Garten vista from which it sources influence. Externally, retro design codes and heritage credentials fuse to supply a winning aesthetic that simply cannot be denied, featuring those iconic 3-Stripes in diffused pink and beige tones across each iteration, flashy gold foil branding and a vintage-fuelled gum rubber outsole underfoot.

adidas Originals München Trainers

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adidas Racing 1 Trainer

About To Land : adidas Racing 1 Trainers

Described by the German sportswear maestro as ‘a breath of fresh air’, the adidas Racing 1 trainer ushers new life into the brand’s lauded footwear lineup. Though only birthed in 2021, the design packs nostalgia aplenty and its debut colourway, a vividly-dressed gold and blue beauty, sold out like hot cakes when it landed on our doorstep just a few weeks ago. But are you wondering what’s so special about this latest adi’ arrival? Let’s take a closer look…

adidas Racing 1 Sneakers

Arriving imminently at Aphrodite in a red / core black / cloud white palette, the brand-new racer takes design cues from retro ‘70s runners which is why certain old-school accents of the shoe shouldn’t startle you. Soft suede overlays station up at the shoe’s vamp and heel while those synonymous 3-Stripes serrate on the sidewall – two key throwback touches that will have you wandering down memory lane and seeking out the track.

adidas Racing 1

Featuring dark punctuation that cascades over its lacing system, heel panel and sidewall, the adidas Racing 1 trainer carries upper body contrast and added dimension in pinpoint areas. Meanwhile, the situation underfoot embraces the new with a cellular rubber midsole that yields reference to the bulkier trainer silhouettes we see dominating the scene currently. Also positioned underfoot are deeply indented rubber lugs, adding enhanced grip to the shoe’s foundation, and overall, providing a much smoother ride through the city streets.

adidas Racing 1 Trainers Red

Do these crimson creps take your fancy? Well then keep your eyes peeled for the adidas Racing 1 trainers in red / core black / cloud white landing at Aphrodite very soon.

adidas Racing 1 Trainers Arrive at Aphrodite

adidas Racing 1, Bold Shoes Brimming with Nostalgia

Wrapped in saturated tones of gold and cobalt, the adidas Racing 1 Trainer from the sportswear heavyweight’s ‘Originals’ lineup brings the retro flavouring of ‘70s running shoes back to the forefront for the year 2021.

adidas Racing 1 Sneakers

Neatly imagined and fiercely streamlined with a nubbed sole unit housed underfoot, the nostalgic design delivers ample adi’ detailing with those serrated 3-Stripes stationed at the sidewall, a Trefoil imprint proudly fitted at the tongue and likewise to the heel.

Racing 1 Trainers

Lashings of suede and nylon make their way into the upper where the vibrancy and old-school quality of the trainer are sure to command attention no matter what the occasion. Don these striking kicks in the city streets for SS21.

adidas Originals Racing 1

Shop the adidas Racing 1 silhouette at Aphrodite now, alongside a range of new arrivals from the German sportswear brand online.

Jerry Lorenzo partners with adidas

Fear of God Founder Jerry Lorenzo Joins adidas

The creative will take charge of the brand’s basketball division

Hours after the announcement of a long-term partnership between Adidas and Fear of God, the mastermind behind the madness, Jerry Lorenzo, took to twitter to unveil his bold three stripe neck tattoo, cementing the deal, and sending Nike back to the bench. Alongside this, Lorenzo was also appointed as the head of Adidas’ ever growing basketball division, recently saying in a press release that: “This is a role that is unprecedented in its very nature and nuanced attribution that it defies all titles and traditional definitions.”

“This is a fearless move where shared vision and conviction are at the heart of the accretion of two brands shaping sports and culture, with the purpose to truly multiply our nuanced strengths to revolutionize the performance basketball industry forever. Adidas and Fear of God share the same dream for the future of basketball, on and beyond the court, and we look forward to changing the face of the industry through a new model that will unfold before us in the coming years.”

 

Jerry Lorenzo

 

It seems that Lorenzo’s mindset for the German sportswear brand is to revolutionize the performance basketball industry, something that would not have been possible at all back at Nike, but it seems as though Adidas’ basketball break is just a stones throw away.

Stay tuned to find out what comes of Jerry Lorenzo joining adidas.

 

adidas Overdub

adidas Overdub – New Name, OG Style

adidas Overdub
‘Blue / White’ & ‘White / Green’
FV9682 & FV9683

 

Originally released way back in 1959 apart from its newly bestowed name not much has changed for the adidas Overdub. Formerly known as the Rekord, the trainers burst onto the scene in the name of performance boasting sleek proportions and a lightweight construction that quickly captured the hearts of both athletes and casual folk alike.

 

adidas Overdub FV9682

 

Re-releasing in both its debut OG blue and white colourway as well as a very pleasing mixture of vintage-inspired white and green, the adidas Overdub boasts a number of subtle features that make it a seamless addition to the three stripe arsenal even by today’s standards. Constructed from a smooth leather, typical of training shoes of the time, they come equipped with serrated three stripe branding to each side alongside a trefoil printed to the heel.

 

adidas Overdub FV9683

 

Bearing a remarkable resemblance to closely related silhouettes such as the Perfekt and Japan, the adidas Overdub equips a suede t-toe overlay to the toebox that not only oozes with heritage charm but adds extra structural support and longevity. Finished with subtle exposed stitch detailing and sturdy rubber outsole.

The adidas Overdub ‘Blue / White’ and ‘White / Green’ are available online now at Aphrodite.

 

adidas SL80 Cloud White Solar Red FV9790

adidas SL80 Gets A Punchy Update

adidas SL80
‘Cloud White / Solar Red’
FV9790

 

You know the drill by now, the adidas SL80 is back and, thanks to a recent spat of top drawer colourways and a little help from Gary Aspden’s SPZL line, they are most certainly here to stay. Pulled from the archives in late 2019, the original silhouette was the follow on to the lines SL72, featuring much of the trainers same lightweight construction with a number of stylistic and modern design updates.

 

adidas SL80 Cloud White Solar Red FV9790

 

A more robust shape overall than that of the ultra-streamlined 72, the adidas SL80 comes primarily made from a straightforward nylon base for improved breathability. Placing a series of suede panels on top larger than that of its precursor, the material spans around the forefoot for greater structural support in areas of high stress. Presented in a ‘Cloud White / Solar Red’ makeup, which uses contrast to add depth, you can find serated three stripe accents to the sides as well as the classic trefoil placed to the tongue.

 

adidas SL80 Cloud White Solar Red FV9790

 

With a thick and cushioning EVA midsole found below for additional comfort, the design is rounded out with a protective toe cap, D-ring lacing system and signature ‘SL 80’ callout. The adidas SL80 ‘Cloud White / Solar Red’ FV9790 is available now at Aphrodite.

adidas Gazelle Vintage Sneakers FV9678

Adidas Gazelle Vintage : Festival Flavours

It goes without saying that the Gazelle is a well established piece of adidas history. Favoured for its soft suede makeup and dazzling array of bold colours, the trainers have carved out a long-standing history at the heart of the brand’s terrace offering. With the adidas Gazelle Vintage aiming to capture the effortless charm and easily styled nature of its predecessors, this latest update takes a closer look close at a more specific time in the sneakers illustrious history.

adidas Gazelle Vintage

Taking influence from both Brit-pop and ’60s festivals, the adidas Gazelle Vintage, ‘Collegiate Green / Cloud White’ feature rough, textured hairy suede uppers flanked with an array of contrast detailing. Bearing the mark of the three stripe to both sides, you can find gold metallic branding to the heel as well as the classic trefoil to the tongue. Concealing both a leather lining and uniquely patterned insole, the trainers are finished with a low-profile rubber sole for comfortable everyday wear as well as an exaggerated pull tab to the rear.

The adidas Gazelle Vintage, ‘Collegiate Green / Cloud White’ (FV9678) launches online and in store at Aphrodite 03.09.20.

adidas Gazelle Vintage FV9678