Last Buy – Trickers Lollipop Red Cavalier Derby Brogues

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You may have noticed I have a thing for shoes. Whilst my collection of trainers, or sneakers depending on where you are in the world, which once ran to 100’s of pairs (and is still vast) ¬†diminishes with every passing year (I’m getting old) my collection of formal shoes grows to fill the void. I thought an addiction to rare trainers was costly, ain’t nothing next to high end footwear.

My latest addition is a Tricker’s brogue with Toe Patch, made on the 4444 last in Lollipop Waxy Commander Calf with Brass eyelets and natural calf lining. Fitted with a Barbour Welt in Natural finish with Commando Sole.

Love the chunky commando sole and red welt stitching, along with the strap at the front modelled on the kick start from motor cycle boots apparently, which is a nice touch and adds something different to the classic brogue design.

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Last buy – Adidas Adizero Primeknit 2

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I’m a big fan of the original Adidas Primeknit and bought a pair of the Olympic Primeknits on release back in 2012 (and never got around to posting it at the time so I’ll add it to this post) so was eager to try out V2, the AdiZero Primeknit 2.0 Torsion. None of the colour ways released to date tickled my fancy until this subtle white/grey dropped, think it works well rather than the more garish colours released so far.

Like the original Primeknit, the upper is knitted, though it looks like a denser knit so it doesn’t have the same ‘knitted’ look to it as V1 or the Nike FlyKnit, which I think is a shame. The looser knit on Nike’s Flyknit Racer is what makes it great in my opinion, if you use knitted technology then it needs to look knitted no? They’re really comfortable, being constructed from¬†a one-piece textile upper and featuring ADIPRENE in the forefoot that helps to propel you forward, ADIPRENE heel cushioning and Torsion System midfoot support.

If I had to choose I prefer the original primeknit, developed for Adidas athletes to wear at the London 2012 Olympics and released as a limited edition run of 2012 pairs in a corene/white colour way (mine are number 1929). I also have a soft spot for them as I was involved in the sourcing & design of the London 2012 Olympic ambassadors uniforms (but not the colours I hasten to add) so that connection makes them a bit special in my eyes.SONY DSC SONY DSC DSC09385 DSC09386 DSC09387 DSC09389 DSC09388 DSC09390 DSC09393 DSC09392