All proceeds will be donated to Soho-based charity House of St Barnabas. The House of St Barnabas is a social enterprise and charity that works to support people affected by homelessness back into long-term employment. Their vision is of a future where lasting good work, a secure home and a supportive network are a reality for those affected by homelessness. HOSB works to provide people with the support and training they need to find lasting paid employment.
To find out more about House of St Barnabas and how your purchase can help make a difference please head over to hosb.org.uk
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Over the years we have had the opportunity to build a strong partnership with adidas, working on a number of collaborative projects together. In January, we were invited to the adidas headquarters in Herzo, Germany where we sat down with the product team building a concept and design for our iteration of the iconic adidas basketball shoe, Forum.
With its previously unheard of $100 price tag, the Forum had been making headlines both on and off the court ever since its introduction back in 1984. With top pros and consumers all around the world all wanting this latest on court technology, the Forum earned its right as a status symbol.
Known for his now iconic ZX range, the Forum was the brainchild of a certain Jaques Chassaing. Known for these technological achievements, the Forum was no different. An aesthetically iconic sneaker, this shoe was born from the needs of the wearer first, studying every type of player understanding the need for support.
Wanting to bring in a subtle design approach to this iconic sneaker, we built on our love for interior spaces. This is something that’s always played a key role within the history of Footpatrol. Using our current store interior as a source of inspiration, we wanted to replicate bringing this same clean, refined execution to our Forum design. Much like the elevated, utilitarian design structure of our retail spaces, we stripped our iteration back to two core materials – leather and suede, enabling us to explore ways of being more purposeful with our design. The spectrum of grey hues seen in our interior space from the GPR Cladding inside the hut, to the Micro-Cement walls in the open area was a key design feature we wanted to include in the overall design.
The Footpatrol Forum 84 Low is made up of a hairy, medium nap suede & pigskin nubuck upper, with premium leather accents throughout. We wanted to maximise the use of materials we were presented with and did so by mismatching the material blocking on each foot, giving the shoe a unique look & feel. The metallic silver leather accent at the fore-front of the shoe was added as a reference to those materials used on a well-known 80s adidas running model. The ‘Footpatrol’ name and word ‘Family’ adorns the ankle straps printed in a Metallic Gold finish. Further gold Footpatrol branding features on the lateral side of the right foot next to the three-stripe adidas branding. Gasmask branding is featured in debossed form on the lateral heel of the left foot, and on the right pigskin nubuck tongue label.
We also added a couple easter egg features to our Forum design honouring one of our most coveted previous adidas collaborations. A separate pair of insoles are included inside the box featuring an all-over print graphic of Footpatrol staff signatures
Limited to only 300 pairs worldwide, each individually numbered with the same gold metallic finish seen throughout the shoe and will only be available via a raffle on the Footpatrol website coming soon!
Over the next week we will be representing three local London creatives from across different industries from food, music and fashion. Each individual has produced a specific piece of content for the launch and will be telling their story on our blog, giving them a platform to express their passions and points of view and how they can pass on any knowledge and inspiration to the next generation.