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Holy trinity of trainers

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Spirit of 69

    Spirit of 69 Senior member

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    Because it was missed on the other holy trinity thread a few days ago I'm doing it here now.
    In two categories

    1. Running shoes
    2. Street

    Running shoes
    Like someone else mentioned on that other thread, Brooks are most definitely number one for running shoes. They are acknowledged by the running community worldwide as being foremost in the science and development of the running shoe. NB: I'm not talking about track shoes here.

    1. Brooks
    2. Adidas
    3. Asics

    Street
    Of course I'm moulded in this category by my London upbringing in the 60s and 70s, so I've got to go with the 3 classics that were mostly worn then:

    1. Adidas
    2. Puma
    3. Gola

    What do the rest of you think?

    Newcomers like Nike, New Balance and Reebok do nothing for me.
     
  2. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    What has Brooks done in terms of running shoe innovation? I can't think of much. There are basically 3-4 real innovations since 1970. Using multiple densities of foam (various brands), using air pockets or spring structure (nike), cantilever (avia) and "free" (nike again). Also, I thought the Adidas clima-cool technology was a good innovation, but they basically abandoned it.

    There are minor innovations like using carbon rubber, waffle outsole, different lacing systems and a whole bunch of fake, bunk, useless technology like Asics Gel, Reebok ERS, Pump, Mizuno Wave, etc. They are basically worthless.

    If you want to go back to the real inventors of the athletic shoe concept then yes Adidas and Puma are king...
     
  3. Spirit of 69

    Spirit of 69 Senior member

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    What has Brooks done in terms of running shoe innovation?

    Are you serious? Are you a runner?
     
  4. jskidder

    jskidder Senior member

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    street:

    1. common projects
    2. lanvin
    3. yohji (mainline, fuck that y's garbage)
     
  5. cchen

    cchen Senior member

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    I really like YSL's latest
     
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    Are you serious? Are you a runner?
    I was a 30-mile per week runner from 1986-1999. I don't remember what brooks innovated during that time other than Hydro-Flow which was another bunk gimmick. Maybe they did something after 1999? I was honestly asking. Can you state it succinctly? What did they do? Also, let it be known. These "innovations" don't mean that much to the real-world runner. For example, I have bought Asics many times even though I think Gel is pure garbage, because Asics fit my particular feet and they have lightweight models.
     
  7. Spirit of 69

    Spirit of 69 Senior member

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    If you want to go back to the real inventors of the athletic shoe concept then yes Adidas and Puma are king...

    However, Puma have never been up there with the top names in the runnning (read jogging) shoe market. They have always focused on track shoes. And nowadays also on street, and football and other sports

    Adidias however are good both in the running market and track market. As well as of course in street, football,tennis and nearly every other sport.
     
  8. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    Vans
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    Adidas
     
  9. Nouveau Pauvre

    Nouveau Pauvre Senior member

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  10. Spirit of 69

    Spirit of 69 Senior member

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    I was a 30-mile per week runner from 1986-1999. I don't remember what brooks innovated during that time other than Hydro-Flow which was another bunk gimmick. Maybe they did something after 1999? I was honestly asking. Can you state it succinctly? What did they do?

    By develop I mean manufacture...sorry for the confusion.

    Okay then, currently, Brooks have been able to develop (read manufacture if you prefer that word) very lightweight running shoes but with extreme amounts of damping (shock absorbtion)
    to a much greater extent than Adidas, Asics and Nike.
    Also, from experience, I can tell you that the absorbing foam in Brooks doesn't rot (pulverize) as quickly as it does in Nikes.

    Nike running shoes seem to have a very short shelf life nowadays, at best 3 years.
     
  11. Spirit of 69

    Spirit of 69 Senior member

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    Adidas



    Classics all! Good call!
     
  12. onion

    onion Senior member

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    For best looking trainer(s) I vote Dior (Slimane).
     
  13. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    1. Adidas
    2. Puma
    3. Gola


    I don't run so functionality means fuck all to me

    those three above are what I would go to. Tho 99% of my trainers are adidas originals, with 1 pair of Pumas. I like Gola but never got around to buying a pair
     
  14. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    Trainers I have at home are from:

    Adidas
    Lanvin
    Converse
     
  15. Dion

    Dion Well-Known Member

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    I really dislike Dior sneakers, looks to much like Reebok in my opinion.
     
  16. ArliHawk`

    ArliHawk` Senior member

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    I prefer Nike and Adidas, but Converse must get run for street sneakers (Purcell/All Star). While I prefer Adidas for streetwear, I do see myself pulled to Nike retro styles. It seems that they put more technology into their retro sneakers (love Air Zoom Trainer right now) whereas Adidas puts little in. This makes a difference if you are walking a lot.

    As to the running shoes, from the diehard runners (think those who subscribe to Runner's World), I would bet New Balance, Brooks, and Asics would be mentioned most for running. These brands would probably be mentioned because they focus on running.
     
  17. Johnny Amiga

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    -retro Nike (Vandal etc)
    -Adidas (Stan Smith etc)
    -Converse

    I appreciate stuff like Lanvins, CP and such, but I wouldn't spend full retail on most of them (well, might on some CPs). If I had that kind of money to spend on footwear, it'd go towards Aldens and C&Jones's and such.
     
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    I like Vans Authentics for street and Asics for Tennis/running. I'm not that picky about running shoes though as long as they are light and shock absorbing. I won't spend more than $50 for runners, I just buy new ones 2x's a year or so or whenever they crap out.
     
  19. naaaaate

    naaaaate Senior member

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    Only "street" shoes I'd ever dream of wearing are New Balances, probably 574 (I think that's the one). Classic, nerdy, mostly made in USA, made in wide sizes for my huge duck feet, and been with me for like half my life. I appreciate the aesthetics of a lot of other shoes and I'm not dissin' them in the least but nothing seems right on my feet except NB.
     
  20. thekunk07

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    raf astronaut trainers

    RO hightops

    common projects achilles
     

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