Chances are if you were a UK football supporter during the late 70’s or 80’s and you considered yourself a “casual”, then you’d have spent some of your hard earned on at least one of the then Adidas Island Series of trainers. It’s totally impossible now to source an original so in 2015, Adidas pulled a masterstroke and re-released six of the original twenty Island models that were all inspired and named after islands from around the globe.
Adidas Island Series
Two drops during that year gave us first the adidas Samoa (16th April), adidas Hawaii (2nd May) and the adidas Tahiti (16th May) Pacific island silhouettes. The Caribbean islands were the focus of the second legacy release bringing us the adidas Jamaica (30th July), the adidas Cancun (29th August) and the adidas Trinidad & Tobago (30th October). These one-to-one re-issues pay the highest attention to detail both in terms of authentic colourways and premium materials used and are therefore destined to interest all those who have a passion for the retro appeal of legacy trainers – well done adidas!
The second release of the Spring/Summer 2015 Island Collection. Constructed from a premium mesa suede, and features tonal suede overlays to the toe box and lace up. Contrasting Brown leather sits to the rear heel panel, tying in the side wall branding and gum detailing to the outsole. The shoe is finished with contrasting White branding to the tongue, and comes complete with a set of flat Brown laces.
The adidas Tahiti (known as the “island of love”) – is the third release of the 2015 Island Series and a faithful re-make of the original early 80s adidas original. Constructed from Light Blue suede uppers with solid Blue stripe detail, laces and heel tab. As you’d expect from any archival release, details are kept true to form, the trefoil adorned classic finished with OG decals such as ‘Tahiti’ callout to the tongue and classic branding to the midsole and insole.
A standout silhouette – the adidas Jamaica takes inspiration from the colours and cultures of its namesake island. Built with a full Yellow suede upper and black three stripes and accents. There is more branding on the tongue with Gold foiled Jamaica to the sidewalls. A Black midsole unit and is finished off with a natural Gum outsole – the pick of the Island series for us here at Iamdeadstock
Number five release and a personal fav – the adidas Cancun come with a Light Blue suede upper and contrasting Chocolate Brown three stripes and accents, Gold foiled Cancun written on the side and a branded tongue . The pair sits atop of a Chocolate midsole and matching outsole.
Adidas Trinidad & Tobago
The adidas Trinidad and Tobago is the sixth and final Island Series silhouette and features a soft shaggy suede upper in a rich Surf Red colour, contrast Black 3 stripes and heel tab with the coveted translucent gum outsole.