By: Jake Woolf
Buenos Aires probably isn’t the first place you associate with vintage sneakers, but it’s exactly where one of the world’s largest collections of old school Adidas kicks are located. The sneaker giant documented its trip to a small shop in the South American city to meet a man who is sitting on a mind-blowing archive of ’70s and ’80s styles, bringing along some of the world’s foremost Adidas-obsessed dudes along with them for the adventure. It’s a fascinating story of discipline and maybe a little bit of hoarding, not to mention somewhat of tear-jerker. Store-owner Carlos Ruiz explains he holds onto these shoes because they remind him of the family he no longer has, and that he feels like he is losing a child every time a pair is sold. Heavy shit for some sneaks.
The shoes they found in Ruiz’s store served as inspiration for the forthcoming Adidas Originals x Spezial capsule, which is a premium offering of vintage-inspired Adidas sneakers set to drop at endclothing.com on October 25. An exhibit featuring Ruiz’s collection is set to open October 24 and run through Nov 2 in Manchester, UK.
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