- MODEL: ADIDAS TOBACCO
- MADE IN: INDONESIA
- MADE ON: --/11
- ART.NO: V24514
Continuing with their re-issues for the Spring and Summer collection of 2012, adidas drop three new Tobacco colourways. To make a refreshing change, adidas have gone back to the basics with the original concept of the shoe by making the sensible descision of going for a high quality suede in a somewhat restrained colour palette. The drop includes white, blue, and black, but let us focus on the white.
Not an actual true white, more of a stone colour, with matching stripes keeping the lines simple. A welcome return to the gum rubber sole too adds to the appeal, as it seems the trend was sliding towards white soles of recent releases. Matching stripes, laces, stitching and heel tab all bring the shoe back around to what adidas used to do best; fantastic looking trainers without any gimmicks.
Compared to the recent SNS and Size? release of the Tobacco – which I refer to as the “Chewbaccos” due to the shagpile effect of the suede used on them – there’s a difference in the two. Firstly, the toebox is sleeker on this version, only by a couple of millimeters, but it’s noticeable when wearing the trainers. Also the tongue is shorter, which makes for a neater finish.
One thing that’s possible with this issue, is its blank canvas, conveniently available to be dyed various colourways matching individual tastes, and to great effect too. I have personally seen some rather fetching combinations going through, such as a fantastic yellow and orange stripe combo, and a green with red stripes. All carried out by a certain Mr. John Schofield, who’s patience and attention to detail on the shoes makes them a highly sought after acquisition to any collector.
Currently only available from adidas themselves and a few chosen retailers, I suggest you get two pairs, one to keep in it’s natural state, and one to be customised to really stand out from the crowd! If that’s your thing, of course, but it’s all about the shoes in the end, as we know…
written by Mike Stopforth
photography by errol
shoes contributed by John Schofield