adidas Originals and Craig Green launch CG SQUASH POLTA AKH, a new style that pays homage to adidas design heritage. The shoe is a recreation of the 1988 SQUASH
adidas offers an early candidate year sneaker. A few years ago, Nike released a series of sneakers named N.354. The sneakers paid homage to the brand’s rich sneaker catalog. One of these shoes was the Squash Type. This shoe didn’t sell well at all and ended up on sale at the factory outlet for 19.99. The reason was simple. Construction was poor and the series sneakers lacked color combination and story. adidas draws inspiration from its own design heritage and collaborates with London designer Craig Green.
The CG SQUASH POLTA AKH has subtle branding details under transparent overlays, but details you might overlook like the trefoil on the gum rubber bumper on the side front of the sneaker, or the laces made to form Three Stripes pair perfectly with a rough suede. A few years ago Nike released a slew of Killshot sneakers and although sneakerheads didn’t take a peek at the model, it was easily one of the best selling sneakers for Nike and on resale. The Killshot was a simple under $100 shoe that resembled this model only in basic design. adidas and Craig Green have elevated this look in a shoe that can be recreated in multiple colors.
The shoe won’t find many admirers in the US, but in the UK where adidas has a strong presence, it will no doubt be coveted. Right now, for me, this will definitely be on my list of best sneakers. It’s just the right amount of understated design mixed with the kind of detailing that will look fantastic with denim or chinos in the fall. The CG SQUASH POLTA AKH drops on July 27 in the Cream White/Sesame/Bold Green colourway, available through the adidas CONFIRMED app and select retailers.