Following our recent size? exclusive ‘Bowling’ iteration, the Kegler Super makes another comeback as part of out ongoing Archive collaboration with adidas Originals. Remaining true to its roots, the pair takes design cues from their German origins, arriving with a Bavarian ‘Beer’ inspired makeover.
The Kegler Super has garnered somewhat of a cult status since first touching down in 1979. Back then, the silhouette was designed for athletes playing Kegeln (a German style of nine-pin bowling), and its innovative peg system proved popular among bowlers at the time. This nifty technology allowed the wearer to manually switch out pegs from under the heel so that you could adjust the cushioning levels to preference. What’s more, the Kegler also featured a reinforced suede toe cap for when bowlers dragged their toes across the surface.
Joining two German past times together to create a premium silhouette: the Bavarian state is famous for producing some of the finest beers in the world, and the area Rothenburg ob der Tauber, was the birthplace for Kegeln indoor bowling. So how better to honour the original bowling shoe – the Kegler Super – than by merging two past times together to create a ‘Beer’ inspired style.
Finished in the colours of the Bavarian flag, bright shades of blue and white dress the shoe’s supple suede and leather uppers, with classic Trefoil and three-stripes decorating the heel tab and sidewalls respectively. Suede panels are utilised further covering the T-toe and mudguard surround for enhanced durability.
Further decoration arrives on the red and white checked sock liner, a variation of the Bavarian flag; underfoot, the peg system ensures a cushioned ride and a classic hexagonal outsole receives a speckled update, providing tailored traction to the surface.
The size? Exclusive adidas Originals Archive Kegler Super ‘Beer’ will be available via the size? previews app and in all size? stores on Friday 25th January, priced at £85.