The minimalist sneaker will release alongside Gallagher’s upcoming album, Why Me? Why Not?, and was previously spotted on foot of the former Oasis frontman at an exclusive gig in London back in June. Today, adidas Originals offers a first look at the duo’s offering, which sports a clean cream suede and leather upper alongside a matching low-profile sole unit.
Gallagher and the Spezial team drew inspiration from the original Padiham SPZL, a silhouette inspired by a vintage adidas style unearthed by Gary Aspden. Using this as a base, the team made the sneaker more neutral and understated. Other features of the design include gold foil branding, a zig-zag cut eyestay, zig-zag leather Three Stripes, and a gum sole unit finished in cream. To rework the original Padiham SPZL’s design, a new tongue featuring Liam Gallagher’s face and dual branding has also been added.
The collaborative pair is a nod to Liam Gallagher’s affinity for adidas, which he wore “religiously” when growing up. Gallagher says that the collaboration with Spezial came about because he “wears the clobber and it’s cool like me.”
Gary Aspden says, “I have known Liam for over 20 years and we have always got on. He is one of the people who have worn and supported what we do with adidas Spezial since day one so this collaboration evolved organically.”
Aspden added, “We made a few tweaks to the upper pattern along with a different tongue — as anyone who is a fan of gum soled, suede adidas trainers, knows it is all about those subtle details. Liam gave comments on each sample until the final version which we held off on showing him until we presented them to him for the first time backstage at his gig in Hackney. We filmed that moment as we wanted to capture his honest reaction. Anyone who has worn the Three Stripes loyally for as long as he has will understand that excitement.”
Pick up a pair of the limited-edition Liam Gallagher x adidas Spezial Padiham LG SPZL at adidas Originals stores and online on August 30.
For more clean Three Stripes kicks, take a look at the upcoming Footpatrol x adidas Consortium ZX Torsion BOOST collaboration.