When you think of Henry Poole—the longstanding Savile Row tailor known for (among other things) the creation of the tuxedo—the idea of a sneaker collaboration might not be the first thing that comes to mind. The seven-generation old bespoke tailoring firm fell into the project almost by fluke, sparked by a conversation by Adidas Global Senior Product Manager (and long time client) Patrick Reinhardt and one of their cutters.
Reinhardt loved the idea of a pair of shoes created to match his bespoke suit, crafted of the brand’s Chalk Stripe flannel fabric notoriously worn by Winston Churchill. Before long, design sketches were coming together, and on July 21st the first of two sneaker designs went on sale via UK-based Size? sneaker chain. The second drop of the collaboration (150£) hit the shelves and their online sales platform today, August 4th 2017.
The use of Henry Poole’s fabrics for the outer shoe’s construction is one of many details that set the new release apart from standard variants of the NMD_R2 and NMD_XR1. The brand’s Cundey Weave—a material typically used for jacket lining and bowties—is used for the shoe’s inner lining. What’s more, each pair of Henry Poole Adidas sneakers will be presented in a limited edition wooden shoebox and garment bag. If you’ve still been holding out on dipping a toe in the suiting and sneakers trend, now’s the perfect time to hop on the bandwagon.
Click here to watch an in-depth video discussing the collaboration, and how it came to be.