I remember when I was younger that I had a pair of trainers that lit up with every step I took, and I thought they were the coolest thing ever.
I think they would probably still pass as cool in London... just.
Over the years, the cool shoes changed shape and colour so quickly that it is easy to forget what styles were in fashion 5, 10, or 20 years ago.
Then you had the competition. Were you Adidas or Nike? You couldn't be both, it was one or the other.
For me, I have always been Nike person. From what I wear on the track, to the Blazers I'm wearing whilst I type this. It stemmed from years ago when I first started taking part in sport, but I still vaguely remember a pair of blue Adidas Gazelles I owned in my teens that I literally wore with every outfit.
Luckily, Adidas gave shoe-lovers like me the opportunity to relive their iconic designs with a unique 'Adidas Spezial' exhibition over at The Hoxton Gallery last week. Gathered together by Gary Aspden from hoarders, fans and collectors, there were over 600 pairs of shoes on display from the last 40 years. Some of them you wouldn't have known existed!
From snowboots to badminton shoes, with the classic Adidas designs in-between, this was the exhibition to check out for any shoe lover.
It was obvious I had to swing by to check this out!
I found my new shoes. Now, if someone can get these hi tops for me please?
Tee from All Saints, Shorts from Zara (but no longer on sale).
Among the hundreds of shoes were a selection designed and signed by some of the worlds biggest stars!
Whilst other areas showcased the shoes of the future.
But for me, a white canvas is always the best way to start!
Pass me the paint and let me personalise my own!
There were so many shoes that I literally felt I had to walk around 2 or 3 times to take them all in. It truly showcased Adidas and their direction of fashion throughout the years. However, it also showed how each shoe was a timeless piece. No shoe would have looked out of place in today's fashion, even if it was made 20 years ago!
Whilst the exhibition only ran for one week, I will be sure to keep an eye out for anything similar for Adidas or any other brands and let you know! In the meantime, have a look on the Adidas website at their latest collection, a must for this summer! Also, the Hoxton Gallery has events on all year round, so be sure to check out their listings!
Now time to go shoe shopping!