Only 11 days into the new year, and the boys in Aberdeen are already pushing out their first collaboration for 2013. …and what a beauty it is. Hanon Shop got together with adidas Originals to reintroduce this archived model from 1984 called the Centaur. It’s one of those many lost silhouettes that you see, on a very rare occasion, in an on-foot photograph from some vintage collectors. So, to see it back decades later should be satisfying to them and even more so to the fans waiting for a revival. Those who are just seeing it for the first time, will most likely become fans with this undeniable make-up…
What you see in the photos is a product of love and pride. The shoes color-way is inspired by Hanon’s hometown in the UK called Aberdeen, or you can call it by its nickname, “Granite City”. Hence the reason the shoe is named “Aberdeen Granite”. You’ll see that the silhouettes make-up has a few details that fancy the city. One being the dark suede to light nubuck tonal grey that starts from the heel, to the toe’s mesh that represent the changing seasons. The red emphasis on the shoe is also an accent present throughout the cityscape. For me though, there are two features that really bring this shoe well together with its theme. Those two highlights are the splatter on the 3M reflective stripes and the reflective laces. What Hanon did was take a mirror image print of the grain from the stone work at their warehouse and layered it into the 3M black material on the 3 adidas stripes. The laces have been fabricated with 3M also. This represents the silver sparkles that is common in most granite. These two focal points emphasize the shoe greatly, with the other implementations, and brings it full circle to its name, “Aberdeen Granite”. Other details to note are the foot bed and tongue backers inspired by old adidas tissue paper and boxes, de-bossed brand logos on each heel tab and 3 pairs of laces; tonal, contrast, and reflective weave.
You just never know what Hanon will work on next. We can ponder and assume, but to say they strive for “Uniqueness’ would be an under statement. It just goes to show you that they are never scared to work on a shoe that is far-fetched from our minds. The simple idea of paying homage to their hometown with specific details is as simple as just collecting thoughts. BUT, when executed correctly you come out with something that is quite pleasing to the eye. As always, Hanon’s record in the collaboration arena is flawless because they know how to design a shoe. I like the shoe because of its simplicity and the nice and subtle details that tell the story. For me as a fan of the shop, they are one of my personal favorite sneaker artisans out there.
The Hanon adidas Centaurs will release in-store and online on the 26th of this month which lands on a Saturday at, Hanon, No.6 London and No,74 Berlin. That’s two weeks from now and gives you enough time to save your pennies for this shoes launch. Speaking of the launch, Hanon will be providing a special limited dust-bag specific to the shoe. There will also be a very limited run for a ‘granite’ T-Shirt only available in-store. Those waiting on line outside the store may even be treated to a possible morning scran by Daviet, but you didn’t hear that from me. After the 26th you can expect to see Hanon’s collab at select consortium stockists. No, I don’t have a list as of yet. In any case, good luck to all going after this shoe. Also, stay tuned for a special post here if all goes as planned in the next week or so.
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