• May 5th 2007 at 4:24PM
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At roughly $130, they're not the most expensive footwear out there, but they're certainly no ordinary sneaker, either. Likewise, the Porsche 911 isn't the most expensive car out there, but it's darn good at what it does, and you do pay a premium for that.
Adidas and Porsche Design have gotten together to create sporting shoes with a nod to racing success. While they still bear a resemblance to the classic Gazelle, the soles, materials and color schemes are in another realm. Available in Standard (lace-up) or Automatic (slip-on), the color schemes are based on racing livery, and the footwear carries the Porsche Design logo, as well. There are lesser models to the line, as well as a women's version. The racing model is the standout, though, with sliver metallic or striking white and green stripes. The "Classic" model is the one we'd pick. You'll spend a ton of time maintaining the racing model, just like a race car. The Classic's classy earth tones will still look great after breaking in, and will require far less maintenance. They'd also feel just right on the pedals of that vintage 912 we lust for. Hmm, it seems that Adidas has created the shoe equivalent of the entire Porsche range; always exclusive, with a choice of performance levels, all above the norm.

[Source: Adidas via Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Adidas realeased Gumball 3000 driving shoes just a few days before the fatal (and race cancelling) TechArt Porsche crash. After the crash, adidas pulled down their gumbal site, and pulled anything regardign the race off of their website (the porsche that crashed had adidas stripes down the side). The Gumball shoes were a entire new design, and production was ceased (as was the sponsorship of gumball). This shoe looks alot like my gumball adidas (bought on realease day). Adidas may be trying to save their new driving shoe platform?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess that on this blog we're supposed to be discussing driving not walking. But I've been walking 3 to 4 miles a day for decades without foot trouble and here's my advice:

      Buy shoes late in the day after your feet have expanded (yes, they do). Make sure they fit comfortably--especially not too tightly.

      If they're comfortable, you don't have to spend big bucks for shoes. Go to Payless or similar and you might find bargains that are as good as shoes costing several times more.

      Velcro tab shoes might look dorky, but diddling with shoe laces is annoying. And if you're walking in the city where the sidewalks are filthy, you really don't want to tie laces that have been dragging in the crap, do you?

      Forget the designer labels--they're for posers, not serious walkers.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I am very fond of Mustang brown, but I am not paying $130 plus shipping to the US.

      The US store is sadly lacking in that color. A shame, the prices are cheaper.

      I'd expect it to sell quite well if they brought it here. I'd have purchased them already.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I quite liked the post, actually - even if it's not terribly relevant to cars. Your post, on the other hand, is kind of hard to understand. For those interested, the nice classic brown ones are sold at Zappos, mysteriously only in sizes 11 and 13.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I believe nordstroms has the brown ones. I bought two pairs of the Porsche Design S. I really wanted the White, Intense Green, and Black ones and it seems that nordstroms is the only place in the states (and US online retailers) with them so I finally bit the bullet bought them today for full price. I also bought the White and Red ones from macys.com today they are $79.99 and you can use the coupon code "MACYSFF" (Friends and Family) for an additional 20% off and free shipping over $100.
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