Many of the sneakers worn today were at some point designed to be used by athletes within a sporting arena before later finding home in urban environments. In 1984, one of the most popular shoes among athletes was undoubtedly adidas' LA Trainer, and 36 years later the Three Stripes is giving it the street-ready resurrection it deserves.
Back in the day, the adjustable cutting-edge heel pegs, or Vario Shock-Absorption System, allowed athletes to experiment with cushioning dependent on their weight, running style and running surface. It was one of adidas’ early experiments with personalization and confirmed itself as a classic OG sneaker.
Now, adidas Consortium has returned to its roots with a new LA Trainer produced in Scheinfeld, near the company's Herzogenaurach headquarters. The retro colorway features metallic detailing, Stockmayer mesh – a German-sourced technical fabric also used on the 1984 version - and an authentic "Made in Germany" insignia on the tongue. It's a classic recreated in its full glory.
The new LA Trainer will be available in stores on August 6 at No42 Paris, No74 Berlin & global Consortium accounts.
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