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Adidas is the iconic sportswear brand from Germany. Although mainly starting and continuing as a sportswear brand, they are now seen as fashionable streetwear with the Adidas Originals sub label, and have collaborated with fashion industry designers such as Yohji Yamamoto (Y3) and Jeremy Scott. Here you'll find my favourite fashion pieces from Adidas, new designs, collections and style tips for Adidas.

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018

Adidas Originals Retro World Cup Shirts Re-Issue

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The World Cup is right around the corner, and I am excited! The manufacturers have released all the current kits for the big event, and Adidas has used retro design in their kits, with the majority being inspired from the 90’s. I featured the 2018 Spain kits on the blog when they were released, and now as many predicted, they’ve re-released some reproductions in addition to the match shirts, under the Adidas Originals label.

It seems kind of odd that Adidas would release some vintage retakes of their original kits in exactly the same year as they’ve released brand new versions of football kits which are inspired from those originals, but there you go. There’s a few different teams which are featured, including a few nations which don’t actually exist any more, in West Germany and the USSR.

Let’s take a look in more detail.

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Monday, 19th February, 2018

Adidas Stan Smith For Summer 2018

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I finally got a pair of Stan Smith’s!

You may remember last year I was talking about getting a pair of white trainers, and I was torn between getting a pair of Adidas Stan Smith’s, or a pair of triple white Air Max. I went for the white Air Max, but for this year I’ve finally got a pair of Stan Smith trainers!

I love my Air Max, there’s no doubt, and I have a ton, probably too many if there’s such a thing. They’re so comfortable, cool and I can walk around in these all day and my feet are absolutely fine, which can’t be said for something like my Converse All Star trainers.

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Tuesday, 7th February, 2017

Adidas Superstar Boost Trainers

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Adidas have announced their latest trainers which will use the boost technology, and it’s a familiar style, the Superstar. Released on the 9th February, you can get the Adidas Superstar Boost trainers in a few days.

The trainers come with the iconic Superstar design which were launched in 1970. You get the same premium flexible leather upper and leather lining, which comes with a rubber toe complete with the herringbone pattern. The three stripes to the side of the trainers are the standard, and these kicks come in either black or white with a cream midsole. You can pick these up for £95 when they are released from Adidas online here or other shops.

I think these are pretty nice, it’s a combination of the old classics which are the Superstar with the brand new and hugely popular Boost tech. These will probably sell out really quick, so if you do want these you should act fast. However if I want some Adidas Boost I would rather buy a pair of NMD or Ultra, rather than these which I would consider classics. If I wanted to buy some classic Superstar’s then that’s what I would buy.

Let me know your thoughts on these.

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Sunday, 23rd October, 2016

Adidas Ashington Limited Edition Trainers

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Adidas are set to release another pair of trainers in partnership with one of the football teams they sponsor again, Manchester United. Last year the brand with the three stripes released their Stretford trainers, and this year they’re all set to release a brand new limited edition pair of trainers, inspired by Man Untied legend Sir Bobby Charlton, called the Ashington. If you’re wondering about the name, it’s named after where Bobby Charlton comes from, up North near me, in a place called Ashington in Northumberland.

The trainers are styled on boots worn by the great man back in his playing days, and come with leather upper, gum sole and a classic Adidas silhouette. The leather uppers are accompanied by the infamous three stripes, along with gold branding and detailing including on the laces. The backs of the trainers have not been forgotten, with the trademark red devil being present in an embossed style on the right heel of the shoe.

You’ll be able to get your own pair when they are released on Thursday 27th October. They’re priced at £89.95 and will be available in limited quantities at Adidas stores and selected other shops too.

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Tuesday, 11th October, 2016

Yeezy Boost 750 Brown Release Date

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The wait is almost over if you’ve wanted to get your hands on the latest Adidas Yeezy drop; The Yeezy Boost 750 Brown. There’s been a few names for these soon to be sold out trainers doing the rounds, including light brown and chocolate. Adidas have confirmed that the actual name for the kicks which are designed by Kanye West are the Boosy 750 Brown, just incase you’ve heard otherwise elsewhere.

As for the trainers themselves, Adidas tell us that they’re a premium footwear silhouette which have been developed with Adidas Originals, made with suede uppers and the full length trademark boost midsole.

The brown suede works well with the gum sole, with matching colour laces and strap. They’re being released this weekend, 15th October which you can get from selected stores in the UK listed below. The RRP is $350 US Dollars, with UK price being touted as £260.

Where To Buy The Yeezy Boost 750 Brown In The UK

Hanon
51 The Green, City Centre
Abderdeen

adidas Originals Store London
15 Fouberts Place
London

Footpatrol Ltd
80 Berwick Street
London

Sneakersnstuff
107-108 Shoreditch High Street
London

Endclothing
4 High Bridge
Newcastle

Will you be picking up a pair?

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Monday, 10th October, 2016

Daily Style – Adidas ZNE Hoodie

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Hey guys!

One of the most coveted hooded tops this season has got to be the Adidas ZNE Hoodie from the brand new athletics collection from Adidas. I saw this back in September and loved it, and it was released several weeks ago and has already proved to be extremely popular. I managed to grab myself one, and I have to say I think it’s really good!

First of all I have to talk about the design, it’s so good! It comes in a range of colours, but the white really stands out. It’s crisp and clean, which makes it a pretty stylish hoodie. It has a black zipper straight down the middle which gives the top an added edge, as does the other contrasting asymmetrical black stripe going down from the top to left shoulder.

The design is finished off with the trademark Adidas logo and branding on the left sleeve.

It differs from other sweatshirts and hoodies for several reasons. First of all the material it’s made from is a mix of cotton, polyester and elastane, with the end result being a good fitting, soft but durable honeycombed feel of the outer, with the inner feeling very soft and smooth, rather than the fluffy interior you may find in a standard hoodie.

The funnel neck is perfect for keeping warm while outside on a run or doing other activities, zip pockets and the cuffs come with hideaway and thumb holes, as you can see from the photos, keeping hands warm but free for the best movement.

It’s a must have for Autumn and Winter if you love to get out there for a run, the ZNE hoodie is stylish and practical. It’s sold out fast almost everywhere, but you can get it from JD Sports for £65 here.

Let me know what you think, and check out more pics below 🙂

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Friday, 9th September, 2016

Fashion Friday No.12 – Best Menswear Of The Week

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It’s back! Fashion Friday has returned to Michael 84 to bring you the best menswear and clothing for guys of the week. Let me take the hassle of shopping around and showcase a small selection of what’s caught my eye over the past week.

The Calvin Klein Re-issued clothing is still on trend, and CK know it, and have released even more reincarnations of their favourite 90’s classic pieces of clothing. You can get this Calvin Klein Jeans Sweatshirt which comes in a couple of colourways, my favourite being this tonal dark blue colour which CK are calling night sky. Get it here at Calvin Klein for £80.

In keeping with the 90’s trend, there’s this Kappa Track Jacket. It’s a new design, but keeps the nostalgic taping and piping down the arms and classic Kappa logo to the front. The blue and white half colour works well, you can get it for £60

First up for the knitwear and jumpers is this one from DR Denim. The Noah Neppy Knit comes in an 80% lambswool mix in a marled style, and will be a good addition to you wardrobe game. It’s yours for £65

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Light coloured knits are great, I really like them, and this one from TOPMAN is no exception. It’s an Ecru Textured Sweatshirt and is a good start if you’re looking to increase or start a new wardrobe for Autumn, a very reasonable £22

As you’ll probably know if you’ve read the blog over the Summer, nautical stripes are on trend, and I love them. Just because the Summer is over doesn’t mean the trend has to be, and you can get this TOPMAN Striped Jumper if you want to take the trend into Autumn. For £30 it’s a good way to keep the style going.

If you are in need of a pair of jeans for this season, you can have a look at the LEVIS 511 Black Slim Jeans. It’s my favourite fit, and as you’ll know from reading my 5 pairs of must have denim guide, you’ll want at least one pair of black denim in your armoury. Get a pair of classic Levis for £80

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Autumn and Winter are about layering, and you can do this with a good, solid knit. This cotton cashmere knit from Tommy Hilfiger is something you should seriously consider. Grey is a timeless colour, the V-neck style means you can wear it with a shirt to have that all important smart casual look. Get it for £80

If you want to add more dimension to your knitwear, the GANT Donegal Stripe Jumper could be a good way to do it. It’s a neutral colour, but the sand colour could be one you don’t already own, with the stripes it will add some individuality to your look. You can buy it for £95

If you want an alternative to dark jeans, these GANT Chinos could be it. Khaki in colour, you can style them up with most colours which will keep your outfit looking smart. They’re £85

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The Adidas NMD-R1 are some of the most talked about trainers in menswear at the moment. If you want to join the trend you can do so with these all black trainers, which will be available in a week for £110

If you prefer to have smarter footwear, Paul Smith has you covered with these Bordeaux Christo Brogues. Crafted in Italy from Parma calf leather, they are not only a stylish piece, but also an investment in high quality footwear. Get yourself a pair for £285

That’s it for Fashion Friday this week! Remember to check out the more mens fashion advice for style tips, and as always, if you spot something worth a mention, shout me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog and let me know 🙂


Friday, 15th July, 2016

The Adidas Originals Gazelle Is Back

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The Stan Smith and Superstar have had so much love since they’ve been brought back in recent times, and now it’s the turn of the infamous Gazelle, which has been re-launched by Adidas Originals this week.

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Tuesday, 29th March, 2016

Adidas Originals EQT Equipment Collection For SS16

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I used to love the Adidas EQT range when I was a kid, and it’s back in a truly Adidas Originals trend. The first thing you’ll notice about the range is that it retains the trademark Adidas Equipment green. This green is what Adidas call sub-green, and is a very distinctive green, sort of like a teal colour and is synonymous with the collection. The 90s trend is back with a T-shirt, windbreaker, sweatshirt and track jacket, all you need to get some Springtime running or training outdoors.

The T-shirt comes in white with the classic Adidas Originals logo in the trademark green with Equipment branding, this comes in at £32. The Boston Marathon track jacket is a reproduction of the track jacket designed for the 1992/93 Boston Marathon, making it perfect for running. You can pick it up for £80, and the sweatshirt comes in grey, once again with the EQT branding for £75.

If you’re up for a work out and want to inject some 90’s fashion style to your look, this is a great way to do it. If you like this you might want to check out more 90’s trends here and let me know what you think.


Tuesday, 26th January, 2016

2016 Adidas Spain Training Shirts

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I got all four 2016 Spain shirts at the back end of last year, including the home and away shirts and the home and away goalkeeper shirts when Adidas released them, and then for Christmas I got a few of the training shirts, which are here 🙂

The first is the training shirt which will be worn the most by the players, and it’s a royal blue colour. This shirt is an Adizero style, and has the Adidas logo and Spain badge printed on with a heat seal rather than using embroidered badges. The back of the shirt is mesh for airflow and to keep you cool when wearing.

The second is a very dark blue (almost black) top, with a repeat print of España throughout the shirt, along with yellow Adidas stripes to the sides of the shirt. It’s an Adizero version of a shirt, and so has a good fit.

The last is another interesting design, and is a white base with golden yellow top with a spray paint effect, along with red Adidas stripes to the front. Once again this is an Adizero top which means the best fit and really breathable material. This one has España written on the back at the top where a player’s name would be on a football shirt.

I really like that Adidas are making more outrageous type of designs, they should get back to the crazy 90’s of designs in football shirts. I do like the traditions of plain shirts, they are much smarter, but I think that they should make some distinctive designs for at least a couple of tops too, which is what they have done in these two shirts.

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Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

Spain 2016 Shirts – Home, Away & Goalkeeper Shirts

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The other day I got this box from Adidas, and I was as excited as a child! :mrgreen:

Adidas launched the new kits for all their international teams, including my team, Spain. I went down to the Adidas store a couple of weeks ago on launch day, but they only had the standard home shirt in, and I wanted to get the Adizero version this time round. I’ve had the players editions before, last time I did not bother because I bought a standard top, so this time I decided I would only get the players edition, so had to wait for the delivery, and they finally came!

If you’ve been reading my blog since day 1 you’ll know that I always buy the Spain shirts, and when I say I buy them, I get virtually as many as I can! 😛 Being a Spain fan in the UK has been tough, it’s always been a challenge to get some of the shirts, especially things like the goalkeeper shirts which Adidas don’t usually market in the UK; Last time round they did one which I got, and had to send off to the USA for the other (which cost a fortune plus duty & import tax!!). I’ve bought direct from Spain a few times which always costs a lot more plus lots of shipping, so this time round I was so happy that Adidas UK are finally selling a lot of Spain gear in the UK 🙂

Of course that means that I bought a lot…A hell of a lot! I got the Adizero home shirt, the standard away shirt, and the standard goalkeeper shirts, both home and away. I got the ‘keeper shirts with printing, and of course it had to be no.1 Casillas as I’ve had on my previous few shirts. I got a training top too, and I have a further two training tops which I have given to my mam to put away for me for Christmas 😛

Official Home Spain 2016 Shirt Adizero Players Edition

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The Adizero players version is a lighter shirt, with a vented back, a better, tighter fit and the badges are heal seals rather than embroidered.

Spain 2016 Away Shirt

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The away shirt looks like a weird quirky design, but it comes together when you understand the story behind it. It’s a heat map of Fernando Torres when he scored the winning goal in the final of Euro 2008. I didn’t really like this design before I knew that, but now I do it’s growing on me more and more. It’s now iconic, and everyone remembers Fernando Torres for that winning goal 🙂

Spain 2016 Home Goalkeeper Shirt

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The home goalkeeper shirt is a really nice blue with pin striping, and dark blue trim and sleeves. I got a number 1 and Casillas printed on the shirt, as I’ve done for several years now. The number is perforated and a different style to the away number which is odd. It’s a similar colour to the previous one.

Spain 2016 Away Goalkeeper Shirt

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The away goalkeeper shirt is yellow and blue and I love it! The colours work really well, and has the diamond pattern on the shoulders as seen on all the other shirts. Once again I went for the number 1 and Casillas print, as mentioned this is a different style number to the home shirt, it’s sort of a block with speckled paint effects within it.

Spain 2016 Blue Training Shirt

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I love this colour blue! The picture does not really do it justice, and a lot of the training gear is this colour. This is the royal blue training top, an Adizero shirt which means it’s a really good fit, and has vented perforations in the back the same as the official home shirt does.

Unboxing!

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The biggest box ever from Adidas! 😛


Wednesday, 11th November, 2015

Spain Home, Away & Goalkeeper Shirt Unveiled For Euro 2016

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After a few weeks of rumours and kit leaks, Adidas has officially unveiled the new Spain shirt which is designed for Euro 2016 in the summer. I have seen these pictures, and I am unsure what to make of it at the moment.

It’s a lighter red design than the last one, and is a more traditional red colour as they’ve had before. It has triangular patterns, which is supposed to represent the way Spain plays football, a geometrical formation.

The shorts will be royal blue, with the socks looking black (but may actually be a very dark navy). An exciting addition is the ability to buy a long sleeve version of the shirt for the very first time in a retail store, or at least the first I have seen. The long sleeve version will probably be worn by Gerard Pique, who usually wears long sleeves, and some other players may do too. A players, Adizero version is available for £90.

The home goalkeeper shirt is a familiar blue, with a blue tonal badge and horizontal pinstripes. They has been rumours of 4 different goalkeeper shirts, this blue one, as well as a dark grey, yellow and finally a red top. It will be an interesting move to see what the official tops turn out to be, as teams only usually have a home and away shirt, with corresponding goalkeeper shirts.

The away shirt is yet to be announced, although rumours and leaked images show a white shirt with red and yellow diamond patterns to the front. UPDATED BELOW

The home shirt & home keeper shirt are both released this Friday, and will be worn in the game against England.

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Adidas officially unveils Spain 2016 Away Shirt

Today Adidas has officially unveiled the Spain away shirt, as well as the away goalkeeper shirt. The away shirt is the same as the leaks and rumours, a white shirt with red and yellow triangle patterns, which is supposed to emulate a heat map of the infamous Fernando Torres winning goal of the 2008 Euro’s. The design looks pretty funky without knowing that, but once known it explains all.
The away goalkeeper shirt looks really nice and is yellow, with the same triangular patterns seen on all the shirts on the shoulders.

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Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

Adidas Originals For Spring 2015 – Michael 84 Edit

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Adidas Originals have some really cool pieces out for this Spring/Summer, they have got the warmer months of 2015 off to a great start with a selection of printed tees, vest tops and shorts. I have selected a couple of my favourites, which include:

Adidas Clouds vest – Made from breathable 100% polyester mesh with the trefoil printed in black. It’s yours for only £30, a must have for this summer

Palm Trees – A really cool design for the summer, it’s an all over printed vest top made from breathable mesh too, and it’s also £30

Tie Dye Tank – The tie dye tank top is white with blue and red design, it has the Adidas logo to the front with the number 3. Made from single jersey cotton in a regular fit, it runs at £22.

The grey shorts come in regular fit and are made from cotton and terry polyester which will be soft to touch, and side pockets. These come in at £37.

The Palm swim shorts are perfect to go with the palm trees tank top and are 100% polyester with an all over print and side pockets. They cost £33.

Last up in the shorts are the tie-dye pair to go with the same vest top, they are made with French terry to keep them really soft and are yours for £37.

Getting something from Adidas Originals this season looks to be a must, with so many cool street wear options they are perfect for the Spring and Summer this year.


Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

What’s New At ASOS – 30th September: Michael 84 Edit

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We’re well into Autumn now, but despite that it’s actually been a very mild one, and if the weather people are to be believed (and we know they’re not) it’s been one of the driest “Since records began” (Their favourite phrase). There’s no need for me to get my Canada Goose out just let, but it may be time to start thinking about layering, or at least getting a couple of new pieces to keep me warm. I had a look at some of the new pieces on offer at ASOS, and here’s five of the best.

Buffalo check was a big thing last autumn, it started out with girls, and moved over to us guys which I like. If you want to get in on the trend earlier this season, then you can pick up a long sleeve Buffalo Check shirt from New Look. For under £20 it’s a shirt which you can wear on a night out, button up or layer with a basic white tee.

If you’re into layering then the dark space dye T-Shirt from Selected could be a good fit, the fabric is soft to touch, and the dye of the shirt gives it a bit more dimension than a standard solid colour. For street wear lovers, You can’t go wrong with something from Adidas Originals, this white colour shirt features the Adidas Originals “The Brand With Three Stripes” print to the front.

If you’re looking for a winter coat, this bomber jacket from Danish brand Minimum should be considered. Black in colour it will stay stylish and keep you warm for winters to come. A faux fur hood is complimented with clever zip and button double fastening, which hides the zipper keeping you looking smart. It’s £150.

For a smart but warm night out a leather jacket is a sound investment, but they can be expensive. ASOS have this bomber length, brown leather jacket from their in house collection, and is a real leather jacket for only £125. It’s stylish with a funnel neck and ribbed shoulder detailing. It comes with button and zip up options, as well as front pockets, and side slanted pockets.

All are available from ASOS right now.

 


Monday, 7th July, 2014

Street Wear Baseball Tees & Basketball Tops By Adidas Originals

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I really love street wear, and the cross over from sports clothing making it into the mainstream fashion world with a bit of an urban edge. For 3 or 4 years Baseball jerseys and T-shirts have been incorporated into fashion and peoples wardrobes, as well as American basketball style vest tops and shirts. Adidas Originals have produced these, which I really love.

The baseball jerseys above really cool. The black is the Brooklyn Nets and has a number 67 and large NETS printed on the base of the shirt. The White is the New York Nicks and has a 46 number printed with NICKS in large text at the base on the back. Both keep a plain, simplistic look to the front, with the Adidas Originals crest on the breast, and stitch piping in contrasting colour which gives the shirts dimension. The shirts have the baseball Y collar, and are finished with a button up style. At £45 each, they are a good price.

Adidas Originals Oversize Jersey

The black T-shirt is 100% jersey cotton featuring the iconic Adidas symbol on the front, in an urban camo style of print, and  Brooklyn printed to the front. The reverse has NETS printed at the base, with the number 67. This T-shirt is £30.

The white shirt on the right is one I am really interested in. 3 stripes on the arms, V-neck, Brooklyn print on front & NICKS on the back with number 67. This T-shirt is oversized, and is made from a polyester mesh giving it an added sporty feel, and it will do you well in the summer or if you’re heading abroad on holiday. This will set you back £30.

All are available now from Adidas.