To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, Size? teamed up with Adidas and developed a City Series based on existing models of Adidas originals. The changes were inspired in the most part by cultural aspects of six chosen Cities – London, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow, Cardiff and finally, Birmingham.
These pieces are very limited; only 500 pairs were ever made and each shoe has a little reminder of their limited nature on them, which is a wicked touch.
On March 20th 2010, the series started out with the London’s and as a homage to the capital, Adidas and Size? designed a poppy red shoe with a black accent (a very British colourway) that displays the name, London on the side panel, adjacent to the 3 Stripes logo.
The second of the series, the Adidas Manchester, followed soon after on April 27th 2010. This version sported a pale blue with red complimentary stripes colourway; A gold Manchester trim finishing off the design. The demand for these shoes was phenomenal with people queuing for up to 18 hours to get their hands on them.
Both the London and the Manchester were done up in a suede/nubuck combination with accompanying jackets in colours corresponding to each.
the 19th June 2010 saw the release of the adidas Dublin (as usual, Size? has a store there!) in a great orange and blue upper in classic gum rubber sole. This trainer is not the same as it came in a leather build with suede detailing unlike the 2008 version that came in a predominantly suede upper.
The Glasgow has a dark blue colourway with salmon pink detailing, plus a perforated tongue and ‘handwritten’ Glasgow branding for the trainers, not to mention a white contrast sole. The fourth in the Size ? City Series was released on September 4th 2010.
The fifth of six instalments of the slimline shoe, the Cardiff released on 30th October 2010 boasted a Black and Yellow colourway inspired by the cross of St. David, the Patron Saint of Wales. The Adidas Cardiff comes with a leather upper, gum sole, suede detailing for the toe, dimpled tongue and the Cardiff name in ‘handwritten’ text on the side.
The sixth and final city represented in the Adidas Size ? series is the Adidas Birmingham. Released on December 18th 2010 and inspired by Cadbury chocolates, which is a cultural institution within the Birmingham area with its factory located in Bournville.
Based on the original Spezial silhouette, Cadbury’s signature purple colours are translated on the suede upper, which is contrasted with white leather on the heel tab and stripes. The Cadbury inspiration continues with its cursive font used to spell out Birmingham in gold on the side panel while the kicks rest on a chocolate gum sole.
The bittersweet backstory is that size? picked Cadbury – the symbolically English company – as the inspiration for this shoe, but Cadbury was famously sold to Kraft foods, in a very controversial deal. Corporate politics aside, it’s a great shoe to finish the 10th anniversary series.
So there you have it – The Adidas Size ? City Series 2010 Collaboration. With only 500 of each shoe ever produced, brand new versions are naturally now as rare as hen’s teeth but we at Iamdeadstock have sourced limited sizes here.