Instead of hiding it away, adidas have the confidence to display their technology developments prominently on their shoes. For example, take the much-loved Torsion bar: a big yellow bar placed in the heart of the sole unit, giving the shoes unrivaled support and flexibility. It was a game changer when it dropped in the early ’90s and is still a highly respected piece of technology over twenty years later. And, as non-athletic types, we can tell you that it still looks great as well.
Having explored through their archives, adidas have seen fit to take the best bits from their 1992 Torsion Allegra S and throw in a little bit of the ever-popular EQT model into the mix. And the results speak for themselves: the chunky shape of the original model has been trimmed down without losing any of its appeal. And, as always, the Consortium embellishments present themselves in the construction side of things, bringing a tasty mix of soft synthetic suede, open mesh and neoprene to the equation.
To launch the Torsion Allegra EQT, adidas have linked up with our friends at Solebox in Berlin for one colourway – and also brought an offering from their own Originals in-house laboratory to the table.
The adidas Originals x Solebox Torsion Allegra
Solebox have the Three Stripes running through their DNA. After several successful adidas collaborations already under their belt, it’s great to see the Solebox take on this project.
Referencing the white and red from the original Allegra S model, they’ve adjusted the contrast a bit and swapped the original Forest Green for a vibrant neon green that looks amazing.
The neoprene inner sock enhances the fit of the shoe and keeps everything looking very neat and slick on the inside section.
3M reflective quarter panels, carefully considered adidas and Solebox branding on the heel and, of course, a nod to the original yellow Torsion bar in the outsole finishes this one off perfectly. Bravo!
The adidas Originals Torsion Allegra EQT
Taking the Torsion Allegra S from the back catalogue and updating it with an EQT remix for 2012 was a clever move from the Originals team.
As a contrast to the Solebox design, the Originals version keeps to the lighter end of the spectrum, with a predominantly white and grey upper that follows the original 1992 model closely.
As well as the Three Stripes on the side (stylishly housed behind a black cage of plastic), you get the reliable mark of quality with the Trefoil on the tongue and branding across the heel.
The Torsion bar is rendered in the same Forest Green as the other accents, rekindling fond memories in our minds of the original EQT Support model from ’91.
It’s a great dual release to launch the model and we’ve already seen some sample images floating around of more to come in early 2013. We’re looking forward to trying these out in the flesh shortly.
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