adidas Decade Hi
- MODEL: ADIDAS DECADE HI
- SERIES: ADIDAS CONSORTIUM
- PACK: ADIDAS 60 YEARS OF SOLES AND STRIPES
- TYPE: BASKETBALL
- MADE IN: CHINA
- MADE ON: 12/08
- ART.NO: G02947
Some of adidas’ most memorable releases have quite arguably been from their various anniversary series. To celebrate their 60th year in the business they released the ’60 Years of Soles and Stripes’ Consortium series. The Decade Hi was one of the chosen silhouettes for a total make-over.
Mainly made of white leather with an all-over, mosiac print in light grey depicting various kicks, the shoe’s white and grey motifs are broken up by the side stripes and heel collar, both of which continue across the shoe. Two diagonal leather strips – one white and the other silver – wrap around the upper heel for ankle support. Below these a royal blue trim helps to accent the colorway. The side walls have x-shaped stitching for prolonged durability as well.
The tongue is branded with the typical trefoil logo and adidas name in silver text on a royal blue patch. On the inside of the tongue and an embossing on the side is a high contrast image of Adi Dassler’s first shoe factory in royal blue. Underneath this image is written ’60 09′, likely referring to adidas’ lifetime as a company (60 years to 2009).
The inner is made of thick royal blue leather, which leads to the matching insole, stamped with the repeating adidas Consortium design. The outsole is split between white and royal blue and is equipped with a so-called ‘grippy rubber cup’ for added traction. The eyelet strips and bridge are cream-colored leather, mildly offset by the white laces that come with the shoes. The signature detail of many Consortium releases – the top eyelet, in royal blue – is present in this Decade Hi.
As always with Consortium releases the shoes come packaged in a larger-than-normal, thick royal blue box with shiny silver stripes. Decades are known to be sturdy shoes, but these are particularly stiff and give great support for physical action.
written by Dylan Cromwell
photography by Harold Kohn