adidas IRAK Rmx Equipment Sport Runner

There was a fair bit of speculation as to whether these shoes were actually going to get released. We’d seen the sample photos floating around out there, but word got back to us that the whole sub-branding/collaborative was going to be dropped by the Equipment side of adidas. My immediate thought was ‘Dammit’, but I resigned myself to the fact that unless I got lucky, I’d never get to own a pair of these.

Fast-forward a few months to December 27th 2007, and they dropped fairly unnoticed at Alife’s Rivington Club, both in-store and online. My hoarding of Christmas funds ended right there and then: I copped both colourways.

Background information for those who don’t know: IRAK is a New York-based group of graffiti writers. If you haven’t seen the words of the prophets on the walls of streets, get your Google on, watch the film ‘Infamy’ and do some research on EARSNOT.Opinion is divided on these, from what I’ve read. Lots of people think they’re amazing – and an equal amount are disgusted by the IRAK branding on the toe panels. Well, fuck that. IRAK represent getting up and getting over, so to boldly print the name on the front for all to see fits perfectly. Add some great colour-blocking, plenty of great 3M application and a comfortable shoe and you’re set. I’m not 100% sure on this, but the word was that 300 pairs of each colourway were produced. As soon as I can afford it, I’m gonna double up on these ones.

Price? $200. Stockists? www.rivingtonclub.com is your best bet, but apparently Patta had some in as well.

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