Our latest exclusive rendition of the lauded adidas Originals Athen see’s a rich Forest Green suede applied to the upper, accented by White leather stripes and detailing. Gold foil ‘Athen’ branding sits above the top stripe, and the release is finished off with the signature gum Odenwald midsole underfoot. We’re pleased to present this latest colourway that we feel pays homage to great shoes from years gone by, and continues to build the legacy of a great silhouette.
Interestingly, the first time around it was originally released under the name ‘Jaguar’ in 1967, later switching to the Athen moniker in 1968 to fall in line with the increasing number of City Series silhouettes born around the same period. A lot of the City Series shoes of the time bridged the price gap between the premium Gazelle and the more budget Rekord, resulting in an affordably priced training shoe suitable for both an active lifestyle and casual wear.
Over the years of developments and re-issues, the shoe has been altered several times due to changes in component manufacturers. Beginning with a ripple sole, Continental were then responsible for the hexagonal design used on the 1970 version. Later, an outsole similar to that of the Samba was introduced, and then in 1977 the ‘Odenwald’ sole with it’s turning zone and ‘suction cups’ was decided upon, you may recognise it from similar City Series models like the ‘Brüssel’ or ‘Bern’.