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In conjunction with the Quote’s Archive project, adidas sneaker collector Quote and UK illustrator Peter O’Toole were given the opportunity to makeover an archive shoe, both being enticed by the zx420 for different reasons. Collaborating entirely online, the pair did not meet until the final sample was produced, but the long-distance design process seems to have paid off.
With numerous panels to play with, the zx420 offered numerous opportunities to experiment with colours and tones, but in the end their inspiration was taken from a particular pair of vintage adidas Denver from Quote’s collection. A high quality pale blue soft suede overlay sits on iconic mesh in darker shades of blue, whilst red colour blocking on the midsole and along the 3-Stripes add a pop of colour. Purple and magenta feature on the tongue and ankle padding respectively, and a subtly vintage cream midsole give the shoe a classic '80s runner feel.
Each designer's imprint is present, with their faces featured on the 'Endorsed by' fabric label under the tongue, and a motif sock-liner design, utilising Quote's fist logo and O'Toole's typographic namesake.
- adidas Consortium release
- Limited Edition
- adidas x Quote x Peter O’Toole collaboration
- High quality soft suede overlay
- Iconic mesh underlay
- Special printed insole
- Compression-moulded EVA midsole with visible cushioning inserts
- Grippy rubber outsole
- Autographed Quote's Archive flyer included
- Quote's Archive poster (DIN A2) included
Quote’s Archive brings together two dedicated adidas collectors and marries an in-depth knowledge and passion for classic adidas footwear with highly distinctive illustration.
Freelance illustrator Peter O’Toole and renowned adidas collector Quote first became aware of each other circa 2005 on the Crooked Tongues forum, where information was traded between some of the world’s most knowledgeable footwear fanatics. In January 2011 O’Toole brought his two passions together with his ‘City Series’ prints, illustrating almost 200 vintage adidas trainers over two posters and capturing Quote’s imagination in the process. The third poster became O’Toole and Quote’s first collaboration, an illustration of 98 pairs selected by Quote from his own collection. It wasn’t long before adidas invited the pair to develop the project further, into a limited edition book.
Selecting 50 shoes from the original print, O’Toole and Quote worked together across Berlin and the UK without meeting each other in person until after the project was complete. Whilst O’Toole developed his illustrations, Quote wrote about each shoe, pulling together history and facts about design and materials with personal anecdotes and associations, providing a window into his journey as a collector.
As the book project drew to a close, Quote and O’Toole were rewarded with a dream-come-true moment, a visit to the adidas archive in Herzogenaurach and the opportunity to design a shoe to accompany the book.
The ZX 420 was an easy choice of model for both O’Toole and Quote. Using the adidas ‘Denver’ as inspiration for the vintage feel colourway, the Quotoole is a fitting representation of the work and passion of both collaborators.