adidas Ewing 2
- MODEL: ADIDAS EWING 2
- TYPE: BASKETBALL
- ART.NO: BK5620
To most sports fans it’s simply a known fact that Jamaican-American hall of famer Patrick Aloysius Ewing made a name for himself on the basketball court playing with the New York Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics, and Orlando Magic. But how many hoopsters out there know that the infamous adidas Conductor – commonly called the Ewing after Patrick himself – was really based on a previous line of sneakers from adidas Originals: the adidas Ewing.
After the first release adidas Originals dropped a second incarnation of the shoe in various colorways. Pictured here is the navy and white and red and white colorways, both constructed of a firm, smooth, white leather upper, broken up by their accent colors in the side stripes, foam posit outer ankle padding, adidas trefoil branding embossed on the heel, and logos – Ewing’s on the front, adidas’ on the back – sewn into the tall, thick, soft tongue.
Features that connect this shoe to it’s later version (the adidas Conductor Hi and adidas Conductor Lo) are the slits between the lower and upper eyestays – allowing the wearer to pop the tongue out casually and wear the shoe only halfway laced up – and the thick, wide, rubber outsole, bonded to the midsole in a stepped patterning, and stitched securely to the upper. Just like the adidas Conductor, the Ewing II’s provide extremely good support from the toe to the ankle and have a long, durable life thanks to their mindful construction.
Packaged in a vintage-style, royal blue, adidas Originals box covered in Japanese characters, these shoes are relics that are very hard to come by in the twenty first century without forking over an arm and a leg (and maybe even a foot) online or in private auctions.
written by Dylan Cromwell
photography by errol