In recent years, Adidas has become well known for its high-profile sneaker collaborations with recording artists such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. But the brand’s latest music-focused kicks are a pair you probably didn’t see coming.
For this release, Adidas joined forces with English musician Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame. Gallagher, who currently fronts the Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds rock band, has been a lifelong Adidas fan. According to Sneaker Freaker, this collab originated from a pair of 1970s Adidas Brisbane sneakers sourced from Gallagher’s personal collection.
The result is the Noel Gallagher x Adidas Garwen Spezial. The silhouette is part of the brand’s heritage Spezial franchise, which specializes in reproducing and reimagining archival Adidas models and is led by designer Gary Aspden.
Gallagher’s personalized version of the Garwen Spezial features a tonal navy-blue leather upper. The singer-songwriter’s face is printed on the tongue — a nod to the iconic Stan Smith tennis sneaker — while his date of birth appears on the liner.
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The sneakers reportedly retail for £99, although their availability is staggered. Scotland-based retailer Hanon held an in-store exclusive release for the sneakers Wednesday, but the Gallagher-endorsed pair is currently not available online.
However, a brown colorway of the shoe — sans the former Oasis frontman’s likeness — is available now in the States on adidas.com for $140.