Searching For Sole

In February 2014 a group of adidas enthusiasts from the UK were tipped off about a shop in Buenos Aires that carried an extraordinary amount of vintage/dead stock adidas products. This group was made up of Ian Brown (Musician/Stone Roses), Robert Brooks (collector), Neil Bedford (Photographer), Greg Bond (film maker) along with Gary Aspden and Mike Chetcuti of adidas. They travelled to Argentina where they found the shop and met its owner Carlos Ruiz. The trip was documented in the now renowned documentary 'Sole Searching in South America.'

A number of the rare archive pieces brought back from this trip have been used by Gary Aspden as reference pieces to design the adidas Originals X Spezial Collections. By way of acknowledging Carlos and his kind support of the Spezial range, adidas have created the New York SPZL 'Carlos' shoe. These Come as part of a collective micro pack of 2 shoes and 2 graphic tees. The New York Is a vintage running shoe from the 1980s, these were discovered in Carlos's Shop, as an ode to this it’s been made Carlos’s signature shoe.

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The adidas Originals x SPEZIAL collection is a premium, archive inspired range curated by adidas aficionado Gary Aspden. Each piece looks to the brands rich design history as a starting point for its designs. After a tip off about a store stacked high with vintage adidas products Gary put together a team of fellow adidas fanatics to travel to Buenos Aires. Invitees were musician Ian Brown, notorious adidas collector Robert Brooks and adidas enthusiast Mike Chetcuti – whilst photographer Neil Bedford and film maker Greg Bond documented the trip. The objective was to find rare archive pieces for research purposes as well as vintage footwear to exhibit in the forthcoming SPEZIAL exhibition as part of Design Manchester 14.