The Society of Cool!
As you all probably know, Adidas originals are massively associated with the 80's casuals, however i saw a post the other days saying something along the lines of 'are casuals similar to mods' which was exactly what i was thinking because in the casual culture, you can definately see a mod influence, which is why i was curious to know, did Mods ever wear smart adidas trainers? I own a pair of these adidas london's
which are very different to most of my shoes, (tassel loafers, desert boots, monkey boots etc) But i find that they go real well with many of my mod outfits, and by seeing images and mod individuals also wearing these kind of trainers, imo i think with certain outfits they can look mod! Take a look at this image and this video of the jam (paul weller's trainers) for some examples...
(and whilst you watch this video, have a little laugh at Weller running!
I can't speak for the original Mods but our post 79 lot would never have looked at trainers as being Mod attire. They seemed to have become a bit more accepted since the Brit-pop influence on the Mod scene and quite a few smart Mods now own certain trainers. I have personally never liked the association of Mods with soccer hooligans. The early 80s casuals looked a total and utter shambles if you ask me, but that is just my own opinion.
their called "adidas vintage football 54" they come in black ,white and red ,they ask stupid money for them on ebay but i got these for £30,just luck
nothing like the football boots I first had - horrid hard leather things with leather studs hels on with 3 nails - and when the leather wore away the nails were viscious - which is why we wore our bamboo shin guards!
I only like to wear my Adidas' with shorts in the summer really. I do have an okay collection from my casual days but can't stand some casuals who think they're Mods. I do love Perry Boys and Casuals (not the Stone Island EDL Nazi inbred ones of course) but some seem to not realise that being a Mod isn't about wearing specific brands and having a dress code it's about being smart and a £50 Fred Perry bin bag with scruffy jeans and some old Gazelle OGs is not smart. it looks good but not Mod smart. My opinion anyways.
I think deck shoes where worn at the back end of the Sixties, but I think trainers back then would have been too functional to have been regarded as fashionable.
Not sure if you lads have seen this before and I'm sure this will be a matter for debate but at least one Mod wore Adidas in the sixties. These guys were in the shoot that featured in the Mods book....
well thats all the evidence you need there
I got my first pair of trainers at the age of five in 1971. Long before i knew what a mod was and through most of the 70's i wore some kind of Converse boots but them days we called then Baseys - Baseball Boots. By 77 Adidas trainers where taking off big time and by 78/79 every scouser going was wearing them. Then the Mod Revival kicked off and for a while the two styles became a bit mixed up with a lot of Mods and Scallys wearing the same clothes. The word Casuals was not used till about 1982 and to be honest that was more of a London thing.
People like myself and loads of others in the North West [and other parts of the country] have always mixed Casual and Mod styles long before the media started writing about it becoming trendy with Madchester and Britpop in the 90's. To quote Ian Brown "We're not Scallys, Scallys come from Liverpool" and "It wasn't us who started it, it was Liverpool".
It was nothing to do with being 'trendy'. It was about being Scouse. And for me it still is.
I've got a few pairs of Gazelles, I love them, and everyone I know wears them.
Really like The Adidas Tokios, smart as feck but I can never get them in my size. Also got a pair of Adidas cycling trainers years ago from TK Maxx they look a wee bit like bowling shoes. Belters are far as I'm concerned :-)
Decent Trainers are perfect for kicking about in the daytime.