The brand new adidas Los Angeles has finally been launched after much anticipation within the footwear aficionado community, and you can find the new version in three separate colourways at Mainline Menswear.
Just over 30 years after it was first released, adidas have revamped their L.A trainer to reveal a streamlined and modern version of the original.
The former model is mainly remembered for the distinctive plugs in its sole which were said to absorb shock and give a more comfortable ride. But the new version has ditched those and much of the bulky upper design to give a light and crisp finish. According the adidas themselves: “Los Angeles’ star studded, sporty street style is the inspiration for these men’s shoes”.
Introduced in a selection of three simple colourways black, blue and white, the initial reaction suggests we can expect a whole variety of others in the future too. The trainer itself is constructed of a premium mesh upper with micro suede detailing- a woven textile upper- finished with flatlock seams which not only gives it a modern aesthetic, but also an extremely light and robust quality to its construction.
Other features include:
– Welded matte TPU 3 stripes and vamp details.
– EVA midsole with ultra-soft special compounds for unrivalled comfort.
– Moulded sockliner making it perfect for wearing either barefooted or not.
– Special Continental rubber outsole for extra grip in wet conditions.
The original L.A. was designed to commemorate the beginning of the Olympic Games which went ahead in the American State during 1984. Those initial sneakers had a suede outer, but now they’ve been ditched in favour of an altogether more modern and practical exterior. This, in turn, gives it more of a resemblance to runners like those from the ZX Series, noticeably in terms of the shape.
The sole boats a Continental rubber tread- a company who should after all know a thing or two about grip given their expertise in tyres- giving them the best tread, performance and durability of any rivals. This unique collaboration comes as part of a bold move to replace the VSA (Vario Shock Absorb) innovation that consigns the plugs to the past in favour of a brand new mid-sole which gives greater levels of comfort and support. It also comes complete with a Phylon inner sole with a tyre-like tread design for yet another nod towards the Continental influence. The only thing that remains from its predecessor really is the nub outsole and the distinctive groove in the midsole.
This 21st century retro runner ticks all the boxes in terms of contemporary fashion. It has the lightweight complexion and streamlined qualities to be used as a sports shoe, but it also has the sleek aesthetic that allows it to become a streetwear essential, worn with all types of casual clothes.