Tennis got neglected for a long time, but the resurrection of Stan brought things back. We think Nike's decision to start working with former adidas man (after his Swoosh defection) Andre Agassi was a driving force too. The adidas Originals take on this design has ditched the ATP licensing but maintained everything else that made the shoe classic. We discussed the other colourway of the adidas Torsion Court Strategy a while ago, but this Lakers-like colourway brings back the early 1993 era perfectly. Seeing as we never got our hands on some ATP Tour Strategy Mid or Lo editions 21 years ago, these erase that one off the wish list. They're slightly modified in the eyelets, stripes and sole, but as we understand, these were created as an homage to that era and the adidas team have done it extremely well. Even the makeup is themed on the flagship ATP pieces and that shade of orange is a glorious addition. It's always good to see plenty of Torsion branding (we're sure that this was the point when a design like this was a lower seed than the EQT court designs), but we're happy to see adidas explore an era where they put out some of their best technical pieces. These are a shorts-shoe, just as the short trouser season is in its twilight zone, so the timing's not ideal, but we hope the Torsion Court Strategy gets the audience it deserves — it's just a shame that we used the ace-related puns so much over the last few months that we can't use them when it relates to a shoe like this. We've been impressed by this brand's output since they went full-throttle in January and it looks like adidas Originals are just getting started. These will be online tomorrow.

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 2 September 2014

Nike shoes are meant for performance, but we know that there's a vast audience who just want to pose in theirs. That's why Nike acknowledged it with their Nike Sportswear EXT extension line that let big-name shoes get some makeovers that were never meant to ever touch a court. The Cork LeBron X is a good example, as was the Floral KD VI. The Kobe 8 EXTs ...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 1 September 2014

You might have seen us being openly unimpressed about some recent Huarache colourways. That's because they seemed to miss the point of why the shoe is great. The silhouette, that sole, removal of the swoosh and the lack of heel counter were all acts of provocation— why would we want a Safari print or South Beach makeups on that thing? It's strange enough...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 29 August 2014

We're nearly out of things to say about the nylon mesh version of the Air Jordan Future, but there's something about this shoe that we're not quite bored of yet. So we'll phone in a paragraph.The woven versions trump these more sci-fi looking things, but this one isn't bad at all. When it's applied...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 28 August 2014
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