March 11, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 3
Ransom Holding Co.‘s ongoing collaboration with adidas Originals has continued to pump out new designs, unabated by the relative lack of hype with which the newer drops have come when compared to the earlier releases. And one thing that hasn’t changed since this capsule rolled out in early 2010 is Ransom’s ability to blend rugged and upscale sensibilities. Vancouver’s masters of the outdoor aesthetic look to western Europe’s Pyranees mountain range for the RANSOM x adidas Originals Pier Espadrille, a hybrid lowtop with its lineage rooted in the centuries-old espadrille flat with a little docksider influence tossed in for good measure. We’ve seen Vans attempt both of these styles separately, but never in one design; did Three Stripes nail it with this ‘off the wall’ approach to a couple distinguished veteran designs? Click through to see for yourself and grab a pair from Afew.