For the past couple of years Adidas has undertaken the surprising yet innovative collaboration with outdoor wear retailer Ransom. 'The Never Ending Path' collaboration sees the creation of 5 new shoe models which stray away from Adidas's classic 3-stripe designs, and focuses more on a North American based heritage outdoor model. I was impressed by the adventurousness of the collection, although there not quite the style of shoe I would normally wear, apart from the brilliant Valley Low design though. The collection of shoes are also extremely well made, using premium leathers, suede's and heavy canvases to provide a aesthetically pleasing as well as sturdy and durable shoe.
The Valley Low as I have mentioned before is my favourite design of the collection, and the one most suited to streetwear, with it being more of a trainer style with a less bulky exterior. The Valley Low is a really nice design, taking influences from both 30's era basketball as well as hiking. The trainers are a really nice shape, merging that trainer style with the more durable outdoor shoe. The Valley Low has been made available in 3 different colourways, black, chili and my personal favourite purple. The trainer comes with 3 different sets of laces, and the only real recognisable branding on the shoe is Ransom's trademark 'cutlass' which can be seen on the outside of the shoe.
You are most likely to find these trainers in specialist independent trainer retailers. You can also find them online at http://size.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Home_10701_11551_-1 where they are priced at £64.99.
Adidas x Ransom - The Valley Low SS10: