Adidas are not an insular brand, quite the opposite; they are all about sharing the love and to great effect. The woman's sportswear division benefited from a fresh designer injection in the form of Stella McCartney. She has been working with Adidas for a number of years now and brings her unique style to the design of sports clothes and accessories for various sports including, running, golf, tennis and yoga.
Similarly the celebrated Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, known for his utilitarian style, jumped on the Adidas wagon in late 2002 and now designs a prolific and extremely well received collection for the Brand, known as Y-3. Y-3 was the first collaboration of its kind, merging together sportswear and high-end fashion and the collection has stayed true to Yamamoto's vision, combining traditional Japanese tailoring with an emphasis on form and movement.
Adidas - The Trainers
Well this couldn't be an article about Adidas without a mention of their famous trainers. Although Adidas had been making sports trainers for years, it wasn't until the 1980's that trainers became such a big influence on fashion. Largely to do with the emerging dance and hip hop scene in America, Adidas was the first brand to be immortalised into song by Run DMC in their track 'My Adidas'. Above all else Adidas are known for their shoes, so here's a list of their most famous styles;
- Superstar - The first low-top basketball style and the world famous rubber shell toe.
- Campus - One of the original Basketball style shoe
- Forest Hills - Launched in 1977 as the lightest tennis shoe in the world
- Stan Smith - Tennis Shoe classic
- Predator - The football boot endorsed by David Beckham. Comes in a rugby style too
- ZX - 700 - Running and street style merge in a glorious hopscotch of colours
Adidas - A brief history of the 3 stripes
Adi Dassler formed his company in 1920 with the vision to create the best shoe to serve all sports. He enrolled the help of his brother Rudolph and in 1925 they produced their very first football boot complete with nail studs! In 1932 the brothers celebrate their first Olympic success when German athlete Arthur Jonath won the men's 100 m race and this fueled the company's ambition and growth. After the war, the brothers decided to part company and in 1948, Adi officially named his company Adidas and first used the now distinctive three stripes, which he registered as the Adidas Trademark. His brother Rudolph went on to launch the sports brand Puma soon after.
The Fifties were a wonderful decade for Adidas, as they launched the first interchangeable spike running shoe, were the most widely worn German sports shoe at the Olympics in Helsinki in 1952 and in 1954 sponsored the world cup winning German football team. By the Sixties, Adidas was the foremost sports shoe company and had begun producing sports clothing as well as footballs. In fact since 1970, the official match ball at all major football events has been supplied by Adidas. From the Seventies to the present day, Adidas has become more than the sum of its trainers and clothes, the brand has become a lifestyle and a major creative force across the globe.
Adidas - The Footballers Brand of Choice
Adidas sponsor global teams like Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, in addition to the National Football teams of the following countries;
Mexico, Germany, Romania, Argentina, France, Spain, Japan. Beat that Puma.
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