We think 2013 is the year when some key elements of shoe retail
undergo some significant changes. Niketalk is rife with talk of restock on certain products and adidas
products sold from Europe can't be sold outside of the European Union. Things done changed. If rules change, the product needs to be up to par, right? Fortunately, adidas is embracing the 1990s pieces that don't bear a problematic EQT logo and doing a damned good job of retroing them to a high standard in terms of build and materials. 1980s releases are giving way to a spotlight on some incredibly underrated technical runners, and the Tech Super can sit alongside the M998, Grid 9000s and Saga IIs that are swiftly amassing fantasies by proving that adidas was pitting out masterpieces at such a prolific rate in 1992 that a shedload went way beneath the radar. The Tech Super returns this month (the first colourway arrives in the Crooked Tongues store next week), but the momentum stays with new colourways like these grey and orange editions — the grey and orange is our personal pick, but the navy, white and red stays classy too. It's the little things that make the difference here, like the mysterious branding, that rugged canvas-like fabric on the toebox and subtle shift in shades on the midsole, plus the split colours on the lining of both makeups. Clean, progressive greatness with classic design cues too. Both drop next month.