Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
26 | SOLEBOX x ADIDAS ORIGINALS TORSION ALLEGRA
If you ever needed proof that adidas has a healthy back catalog of silhouettes just waiting to get the retro treatment, than look no further. No wings, no tails, no fur or wacky materials. Instead the adidas Consortium Allegra pack rested on the laurels of classic 1990s running design. The Allegra Torsion EQT sauntered onto the scene decades ago with a faster shape than those who’d come under the adi-fold as Run DMC disciples were used to, the trademark three stripes even evolving their shape to follow the fluid lines and shapes of the shoe.
Despite the re-emergence of some great older silhouettes, in today’s overwhelmingly crowded sneaker landscape, sometimes you need to go above and beyond just the simple re-release of OG colorways in order to effectively announce your presence with authority. For the re-introduction of the Torsion Allegra, adidas did just that, placing it under its Consortium imprint umbrella and teaming up with German retail powerhouse Solebox for a special version of the shoe guaranteed to make a splash and ensure a proper spotlight for the classic runner’s late 2012 comeback.
The Berlin based boutique whipped up a truly head-turning version of the shoe, utilizing a toned down black/grey upper that relied on some vibrant accent hits to bring the design to life and give it a memorable look all its own. Sporting some carefully placed touches of bright red
and a super-vibrant green that managed to somehow create the appearance of a glow without the use of luminescent paint or LEDs, Solebox’s Allegra offering more than did the job of reinvigorating interest in this blast from the past, but the fun didn’t stop there. The adidas team decided to serve up a solid one-two punch for the December relaunch, pairing the Solebox edition with a more traditional color-up that took some cues from original colorways of its 1992 brethren, the adidas Torsion Allegra S. Both pairs came with some special bits of branding as well: the in-house style sporting the signature Consortium handshake logo and the Solebox pair upgraded with some overt co-branded callouts embossed onto the heels.
The adidas Consortium Allegra pack was not only an awesome release in terms of well-executed suede and mesh bangers, but also for what it represents going forward: the potential for a more extensive variety of revived adidas running silhouettes that stretches beyond the various tried and true ZX standards. While other retro running throwbacks have not received much push from adidas in the States over the years, the current revival of the category with consumers has obviously caught their attention and is being capably addressed. Hats off to these initial pairs for getting the ball rolling on what promises to be a solid retro run for the still slick-looking adidas Torsion Allegra, not to mention the future re-issues that it will hopefully inspire and pave the way for.