Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
Golf, it has been said, is 90% mental. The other 10%: choosing your shirt wisely…
Enter adidas Golf and their new FASHION PERFORMANCE gear, a handsome selection of polo shirts, shoes and pants that are so dapper, you’ll already be dressed for the 20th hole (the 19th hole is so 2011).
The good news, beyond sharp looks: these threads are still designed with the game-enhancing technology you’ve come to expect from adidas. For a good idea of what the stuff looks like in action, check out PGA Tour pro Jason Day.
Consider us your sartorial caddie.
Just in time for golf season, adidas Golf is ushering in a new kind of golf gear with FASHION PERFORMANCE. They’re rolling out big-time polos with the wizardry you need on the course and a sharp-enough look to hold their own even after you’ve left the clubhouse.
And in the amazing-golfers-who-decided-this-was-the-best-gear-around department, there’s PGA Tour professional Jason Day, currently birdieing his way through the Tour wearing FASHION PERFORMANCE this year. Check out the goods here, just in time for your birdieing season.
The Olympics are just four months off, and we’re already starting to see a trickle of special-edition gear themed for London’s 2012 Games. Britain’s official uniforms leaked out this morning, but our favorite so far is this 5 Plug sneaker from Adidas, available on Oki-ni now. It’s modeled after the 1984 British handball team’s sneakers, complete with a Union Jack on the back and the latest in Thatcher-era sneaker innovation—five plugs that can be pushed in and out to alter the stiffness of the sole. Sadly, the handball in question is the weird European kind, but it should work just as well for the New York version.
Despite every indication to the contrary, a Halloween costume doesn’t have to be over-the-top to be brilliant.
Caught outside Heidi Klum’s Halloween bash at Lavo, Russell Simmons costume doesn’t look that different from something he might wear on the street (give or take a few decades) but style is style. If you’re an old-school hip-hop legend, Adidas and chains are always going to look pretty good on you. And we’d guess he didn’t have to do too much digging to find the right ones.
As for a blow-by-blow of each item…we’d start here.
This is the latest installment of The World Cup According to Kempt™, our series on the stuff that really matters at this summer’s tournament in South Africa (kicks off June 11).
A couple of months ago, we got our hands (and our feet) on the official 2010 World Cup ball from Adidas, the Jabulani (it means “to celebrate” in Zulu). Playing with it in a modest 5v5 scrimmage, the ball felt surprisingly cheap and plastic-y. It slipped off our feet. In short, we thought it sucked. We couldn’t believe it was the ball they were going to be using in the World Cup. As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones with this opinion.
Adidas’ Rod Laver has seen a lot of different variations over the year, but the latest version is enough to catch our eye. It seems like furriness is having quite a renaissance in the sneaker world. If you count these Vans, that makes for just one shy of a trend. We’re guessing Spike Jonze has something to do with it…
Porter’s bags have been a favorite of workwear aficionados for a while, but their first sneaker collab just landed in stores as part of Adidas’ F/W ’09 shipment, and it’s got a lot of the same panache that makes their duffels worth picking up. The stitching looks familiar, and so do the Samba-esque stripes, but the master stroke is the zipper that runs up from the heel. Maybe they lost their shoehorn?
Street art has always been a bit too politically prickly to fit in with the web 2.0 crowd…but that’s no reason to stop trying. After all, populism is populism, and if street artists managed to make nice with auction houses, who’s to say they can’t fit a few iPhones into their repertoire?
Quiksilver isn’t the only line with a forward-thinking label coming along for the ride. Adidas has managed to pull the same move without going to the bother of actually producing any shoes, or even designing shoes could possibly be produced. After all, why go to the trouble of putting together samples when all you really need are a few shiny pictures to send around the blogosphere?
Vagant let us know about this promotion, which comes courtesy of German sneakerhead Fritz Träumer. There’s the ultra-green sneaker, the Kraftwerk-inspired sneaker, and a few more, but we couldn’t help wondering…weren’t you supposed to put these on your feet at some point?
The ink flies again as even more brands and designers become new pals. As you were metabolizing turkey, Italian denim domo Diesel shook hands with Germany’s Adidas, American institution Levi’s partnered with Nike’s Jordan line and H+M survivors Viktor + Rolf teamed up with luggage maker Samsonite. According to our calculations, this latest round of cross-market collaborations means we’ll only have to wait a year or so before there’s a Marc Jacobs section in every Uniqlo, a Starbucks in every Herm‚àö¬Æs and a Crazy Robertson in every Foot Locker.
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