adidas Trimm Star

  • MADE ON: 04/13
  • ART.NO: Q22153
  • FACTORY: SHW 675001

As part of an entire Trimm revival, the adidas Trimm Star appears in pink and grey as a Size? store exclusive this year.

I won’t pretend to be the most authoritative resource on the Trimm Star to begin with, but I will say what a fantastic execution by both parties involved. This resurrection of the 1985 terrace classic shows off a colorway we’ve never seen before.

What I’d like to do, as mentioned above, is openly admit that due to my age and passion, I lack a large amount of knowledge and familiarity with the Trimm Star and the entire Trimm family of trainers in general. In writing up re-releases there are a variety of angles to take. Does one tackle the many times overly mysterious history of the silhouette and its various incarnations? Do the readers benefit from a timeline or a trail of past appearances, presented in almost categorical form? Or is a one-to-one comparison of the OG version(s) against the newer retro release the right way to present the modern drop?

In fact, I find there’s a fourth angle that’s quite liberating; let the shoe stand on its own. And for that, not being familiar with the original is maybe even more so a strength than a set back.

When Size? debuted these Stars I immediately loved the chosen hues but even more so the construction felt rock solid. Rough, textured suede to give them a bit of an edge, softened of course by the more delicate pink shade splashed lightly across the cracked leather stripes and heel patch. The lack of branding is a breath of fresh air and the material looped around the Ghilly lacestays is superb, especially for those who may not immediately be fans of the D-ring system to begin with.

Upon a test run I found the flexible, rubber outsole to be incredibly sturdy against the lightly padded sockliner. The inner lining was comfortable but the soft, thin tongue is the best. The toe boxes are a bit pinched for my wide feet so those that need a roomy shoe might go a half a size up when ordering.

Other than these declarations out of ignorance of the past Trimm Stars, I haven’t heard a lot of angst against them and having had one in the flesh I can see why. Whether or not they’re a true representation of their ancestors they certainly hold their ground by themselves, and that’s something that both adidas Originals and Size? can be proud of.

written by Dylan Cromwell

photography by errol

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