I’m not one for sneaker trends. Every month there’s another Grazia/GQ hyped style. It was Stan Smiths. Now it’s Superstars, although it probably won’t be by the time I’ve finished this sentence. It’s fascinating to watch people race to adopt a hitherto forgotten sneaker style (because someone like Phoebe Philo is pictured wearing it at the Paris shows) before loudly professing to have always loved it. I often wonder if it’s more about the individual kidding themselves than anyone else? Anyway, it’ll probably be the Adidas Rod Laver next. Unless it already was and I’ve missed it.
I post these Laver Prez in off white, not because they are an ‘in’ sneaker. Are they even? But more because 90% of sneakers I wear are plain white or cream and the Laver is one of the more pleasingly minimal Adidas kicks you’re going to get.
Assuming you’re comfortable in Adidas. It’s still embalmed in Adidas branding after all. Taking the shoe as a whole, stylistically, I kind of like it, but at the risk of sounding like a major bell, it’s Adidas. And yes, I know in some circles that’s apparently considered ‘cool’ and that, but really, I don’t get it? Adidas are, and have always been, everywhere. Which is dull no?
Is style about individual personality or looking like everyone else? Or is style about individual personality and fashion is about looking like everyone else? Is this just a load of nonsense and we’re all just fucking sheep? Phoebe Philo? Grazia? Adidas? I dunno… all I can suggest is, seek out a slightly less obvious shoe, if you’re in the market for simple. Try a pair of Novestas, or Buddys or Shoes Like Pottery? Just not Common Projects, that shit is all sorts of done. If it’s not possible to be unique, perhaps we can just try to be not so the same.