This week we are super excited to show you our new delivery from Adidas Skateboarding that includes the first instalment of their spring 2021 collection. This is a heavy shipment filled with a range of all your favourite and future favourite silhouettes. Adidas has been a true powerhouse in skateboarding over the past decade and it is easy to see why when looking at their team and the shoes they release. Ranging from technical cupsole shoes to clean and simple vulcanised shoes, this drop really does have you covered.
The Adidas Puig – New for Spring 2021
Firstly, we have the latest Lucas Puig pro model in two mesmerising colourways. Lucas has to be one of the most famous skaters to come out of France and his ledge tech is something that few can match. Puig is also very much known for his style both on and off the board, in fact, he is probably one of the only skaters that can film tricks in short shorts and still look good.
His newest pro shoe encapsulates his distinct style. With a clean seamless toecap for durability and hidden lace loops to help protect the laces, this shoe is obviously an out and out skate shoe. However, this shoe has way more going for it than just being a great skate shoe. We have the Night Sky colourway as well as the Core Black colourway and both have individual details that really make these shoes pop. One of the details that really stand out to me is the branding. The Core Black colourway has a sleek gold Adidas logo on the tongue combined with Puig’s name on the side in gold foil. The contrast of the gold against the black really draws your eye to the name and logo. The Night Sky colourway has the same design, but the gold is replaced with a tranquil sunset-esque coloured logo – very in keeping with the aptly named colourway. It comes as no surprise that these shoes were helped designed by style guru Scott Johnston and Palace skateboards.
We can’t forget the Busenitz Pro
Any Adidas Skateboarding drop would be incomplete without a few styles of Busenitz coming in. In total, we have four styles of the Busenitz, three new styles and one true classic. First released in 2009 by Dennis Busenitz and has easily been one of the most popular shoes in skateboarding for over a decade. The silhouette of this shoe is an amalgamation of Adidas classics, such as the Gazelle, the Spezial and even a football boot! Dennis Busenitz can be seen sporting Bayern Munich football shirts in various parts of his, and it is clear that football has had a large influence over Dennis’ styling of the shoe. Inspired by the football boot named the ‘Copa Mundial’, the Busenitz can be seen sporting the extra-long tongue and even the same stitching to the front as this football boot. Who’d have thought that taking inspiration from a classic football boot would create a legendary skate shoe?!
O.G. Busenitz re-up
So, what colour options do we have? I will start off with ol’ faithful, the OG Busenitz in Black/White/Gum. This is the shoe that keeps on trucking, it’s amazing to think that for nearly twelve years this shoe has been a staple in most skate shops. A large part to play in a shoe being able to stay relevant for over 10 years is how it transcends current fashion trends. It doesn’t matter if you are a baggy jeans guy or skinny jeans dude or somewhere in the middle, this shoe will work with your outfit.
Our first new colourway is the Busenitz in Core Black/Footwear White/Vivid Red. This shoe is half leather, half suede with red accents to the tongue and heel. This shoe will catch your eye from a distance, but the real beauty is in the finer details. The suede toecap transitioning into the leather sides really gives the shoes an extra dimension, going from a matte black suede front to a shiny black leather side accompanied by the famous three stripes. This shoe is so nice you have to wonder how it took 11 years for the colourway to come out!
New material application
This next shoe is an interesting one. Rather than being a new colourway, this shoe uses a different material application. It’s called Crew Night/Grey Two/Chalk White, which seems like a nice standard colourway. However, the suede of this shoe is much shaggier than usual. All suede is trimmed when processed before being made into shoes and this implication of a longer “cut” suede allows for a different fabric feel to standard “short cut” suede. If the colour of the shoe was slightly lighter, we could happily nickname this shoe the Cookie Monster. Just to be clear, that’s high praise! The hairy suede combined with the gold foil detailing makes for a truly unique and stylish shoe.
A Vintage twist on a classic shoe
This leaves us with the Busenitz Vintage in a very suave black suede colourway. This shoe is possibly the most individual yet understated colourway available. The biggest update to this shoe is the shortened tongue. The Vintage sees the iconic long tongue shortened and stripped of branding, giving the shoe a very clean finish, especially considering the clean all-black upper (including stripes) on top of the classic off white sole. The other change to this shoe is on the inside. Rather than mesh sidewalls and insoles, these shoes are made from lovely soft leather inside with very tasteful gold detail on the heel area of the insole. These are the Busenitz for the individual that is after a pair of high quality, understated and clean-lined shoes.
The Adidas Tyshawn – Fresh new colours
Also new for this season, we have two colourways of the Tyshawn Jones Pro model. If Puig is the king of sexy ledge tech and Busenitz is the king of speed, Tyshawn is the king of pop. In fact, as I type this out, the line he did in New York in which he nonchalantly fs board slides a moving digger comes to mind. Crowned SOTY in 2018 followed by a new pro shoe release the year after, Tyshawn has been crushing it for the last few years.
The Adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn story starts with the re-stock of Core Black/Cloud White/Gum and introduces a brand new, and extremely fresh, Mesa/Chalk White/Dark Brown colourway. These shoes are a combination of sleek and simple mixed with modern technology. Drawing inspiration from both basketball and skateboarding, the Tyshawn has a clean durable toe-cap with extra stitching to the ollie area for added durability. Below this sits an advanced cupsole which has not only got a great board feel but also added primo protection. This is something rarely done even to this day and I can’t express enough how much of a session saver it can be. Plus, the ankle protection given by the mid-top design is impressive. Not quite an out and out mid-top, but definitely not low, this shoe covers and wraps around your ankles just enough to protect them from rolling and impact but also allows enough room for complete ankle movement. No obstruction around your foot for a clean flick but also enough protection to help prevent any injuries.
Adidas 3ST.004 – The pinnacle of technical skate shoe design
Stepping away from the pro shoes we next have the 3ST.004 in all black. This shoe somehow manages to be slim and sleek yet incredibly cushioned. Almost as if the shoe could be split between two parts, the front of the shoe is slim and clean with a one-piece toecap. This toecap combined with the high placed laces makes for a thin vulc look at the front. However, when you get to the heel of the shoe you can see the BOOST foam, which just from looking at it seems to be the easiest way to prevent heel bruises ever. Honestly, when you put these on you can feel the protection from the back, yet the board feel at the front is still completely there. These almost feel like a Busenitz made with futuristic technology. If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of this shoe!
The Matchbreak Super – A retro classic type of vibe
Last but by no means the least is the Matchbreak Super in two colourways. Firstly we have the Crystal White/Collegiate Green/Crew Yellow. This is a brand new colourway that somehow manages to convince me it is already a classic Adidas shoe. All the ingredients are there; beautiful clean lines, low profile with iconic detailing, combined with an almost Brazilian themed colourway. This really blurs the lines between an Adidas Original shoe and an Adidas Skateboarding shoe. The next colourway is Cloud White/Power Red/Gum and it is another stunner. A cream suede toe-cap merging into the white leather sidewalls and sitting on a gum sole which really works. Add the three red stripes and you have yourself another classically designed shoe by Adidas. Although these shoes may not be as feature-laden as the others previously mentioned here, they hold their own in being a simple back to basics vulcanised skate shoe that so many people love and adore.
The wrap up
In summary, we have a range of shoes in a range of styles. You cannot go wrong with Adidas and this drop only reaffirms that not many shoes have the longevity of the Busenitz and when you look at this drop it is easy to see how Adidas are so good at designing classic silhouettes.