An unbelievably poignant piece from Andrew Williams, father of Lucas.
Lille and Kiev awaydays
A Stokie and his bucket list of 5 footballing things he has to do
Cradle to Grave….a Hull Stokie
A league of my own
Summer of ’96
The SCFC £10 team
Meg Bowyer’s column
Stoke in 2050
……and tons more!
Forget Coe, Cram, and Ovett: these are the quintessential 80’s runners.
And probably my favourite ever trainers. Certainly my favourite from Adidas. Others from the brand with the three stripes were seen and coveted more on terras (and still are): the likes of SL72, Kegler Super, Gazelles……you know the score and the names. Yet the ZX700’s are the trainers that seem to fit my stupidly-shaped feet better than any trainers before or since.
ZX700’s are where mesh sees suede across the dancefloor and instantly fancy each other. Not that drunken 01:49am last dance fumbling kind of fancying. Proper sat-on-a-beach-watching-a-sundowner-to-the-sound-of-total-and-complete-silence kind of fancying.
The design of the upper allows for any number of colourways, and there aren’t many I wouldn’t wear. That’s probably just as much to do with my taste as much as anything else, I suppose, but it’s the truth.
They just look right, the ZX700’s. The heel panel, the plastic heel base, the branded dead comfy tongue, and then the killer – the gum outsole. I’ve always been a sucker for a gum outsole, me.
The ZX700’s tick every trainer box for me: great design, good colourways, fit superbly, and they look absolutely brilliant with jeans, too. Indeed, I’ve always preferred a higher trainer to jeans. With my women’s, stick-thin, long legs, I’ve never thought ‘flat’ trainers, such as Gazelles, go as well to jeans, for me.
The ones pictured I’ve had for several years now. They’re battered and bruised, but they do scrub up well, and they’ve been worn at any number of football grounds, for football, walking in the countryside etc. And running.
They’re due to be replaced. They have been for ages. But they still keep going. They deserve a proper burial service, I love them so much.