Adidas Collaborates With Henry Poole To Make Tuxedo-Inspired Trainers

In one of the more unusual fashion partnerships, Adidas has hooked up with Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co to create a limited-edition version of its NMD sneakers.

The sportswear giant has already collaborated with musician Pharrell Williams and designer Stella McCartney, but we think approaching the Savile Row tailor is inspired.

Henry Poole, for those unfamiliar, is are best known for creating the modern dinner jacket in the 1880s, but here’s a little more about the tailor.

Inspired by both the traditional chalk-stripe suit and the tuxedo, the limited-edition sneakers are available in two styles. The NMD R2 incorporates the chalk stripe into the design, while the NMD XR1 uses the midnight blue tux as inspiration to create a sneaker that can be worn as an evening shoe.

The fabrics are specially woven for the collaboration because they need to be robust enough to be worn on the feet – the usual suit fabric just won’t work on the street. The sneakers also include a jacket lining and an Adidas Originals x Henry Poole selvedge on the heel. Here’s more about the shoe.

The limited-edition sneakers will cost £150 and are available exclusively in store at size? from 21st July.

Former fashion editor

Gary Kingsnorth was the fashion editor for Coach as well as Men’s Fitness.