Whoa, stop the bus! Adidas are re-releasing one of my all-time Holy Grail trainers, the Adidas Jeans Mk II … well, where do I sign up. As a former owner of the original Mk I back in the day (but obviously not realising its future significance) I missed out on the original 1979 Mk II and the 2003 re-issue (either not aware, no money, whatever the reason, I can’t remember now).
We’ve seen a lot of Adidas OG releases in the last few years – City Series, Hamburgs, Trimm Stars, Munchens etc but bagging a pair of Adidas Jeans Mk II remained as elusive as ever for me. Well not any more as a re-release of the 1979 OG pair are back on the shelves boys.
Adidas Jeans Mk II – a little history
The Mk I Adidas Jeans was originally released in 1975 in an all Blue colourway – why Blue? Simple, it was figured that this was the best colour to go with a pair of denim jeans and in my humble opinion is still the case now. The shoe had a sleek profile and very similar styling to the Adidas SL72/74 but you’d be surprised how few people know about them.
The elusive Mk II didn’t drop until 1979 – it differed from the Mk I by having front and rear bumpers and a slightly different Turquoise Green colourway. It was the 1982 version however, that really excited the public’s imagination when amongst other tweaks, the traction tread outsole was replaced by a trefoil profile and overnight became a terrace and casual wear classic must-have. The famous silhouette was re-issued in 2003 but again it was a release I missed (doh) – not this time though!
The Adidas Jeans Mk II 2015 version
The December 11th 2015 release was initially made available in two stunning colourways, Red/Blue and Green/Blue. Constructed from a soft suede and sitting atop a gum outsole with gold “JEANS” sitting behind the leather 3 stripes. Tonal laces and branding to the heel and tongue finish the look.
The Adidas Jeans Mk II – Size? x adidas
In 2016, Size? developed several consortium versions including an all Brown colourway and a Dublin take. Unsurprisingly, both versions sold out in double quick time and with their well thought out colour contrasts, it’s not difficult to see why.