For the next instalment in our ongoing archive series with adidas Originals, we’ve turned our attention to one of the brand’s lesser-known silhouettes…
First touching down in the 1970s, the BC Trainer originally coined its title from the Eastern European Handball Tournament of the same name, the Baltic Cup. The sport never really took off over here in England, but throughout the rest of Europe in the ‘70s and ‘80s, handball rode a surge of popularity. Sports brands such as adidas were quick to produce specialist silhouettes for the sport, one of which being the BC Trainer.
The low-rising model bears a similar resemblance to its other sporting cousin, the Handball Spezial, but the more attuned adidas collectors amongst you will notice the slight deviation on the toe box. The BC was one of only a handful of adidas releases not to feature a supportive T-shaped overlay on the toe, making it stand out in an era of low-cut suede adidas shoes.
What does make it similar to most other adidas models from that time, however, is the way it made its way over to shores of the UK. Just like the Trimm Trab, scores of travelling football fans unearthed the BC in European stores while following their club internationally, bringing it back from their travels to showcase on the terraces.
Now, the silhouette returns for the first time since 2012 in all its OG glory. Due to licensing restrictions, we’ve had to make a slight tweak to our 1-to-1 reissue’s title, but other than that the rest of the BC Trainer remains true to the specs of the ‘70s model.
Starting at the top, a vibrant blue hue sweeps across the pair’s suede uppers, with a bold yellow shade painting the leather 3-Stripes and heel counter. The shoes’ all-new moniker sits on the lateral side in the brand’s signature golden finish, while below a classic gum rubber outsole finishes the silhouette.[ratings]
Select sizes of the adidas Originals BC Trainer – size? Exclusive are still available online now.