You’ve read about these Adidas tube trainers right? Here’s a quick look at the different varieties and the lines they cover, plus special editions and possible quirks. They’re naturally expensive with prices starting at £80 or more upwards, and approaching £150 or more for the special editions. Prices are going well over a thousand on Ebay for the ultimate collectors’ editions! Early releases of these shoes in October 2018 came with a free Oyster card worth £80. There were huge queues as people scrambled to get hold of these!
The special shoes were originally conceived as part of a publicity drive for the Elizabeth Line and presumably were expanded to include the other tube lines when it was found the Crossrail-built line would not be opening in 2018.
Victoria and Waterloo & City. Source: Twitter
Victoria and Waterloo & City. Depicted as a pair because they are both fully underground lines. Source: Twitter
The Victoria and W&C look quite nice – set against a floor almost evocative of the D78 stock’s seat covers! Source: Twitter
Victoria Line trainers. Source: Twitter
Adidas TfL trainers advert on the tube. Source: Twitter
All the Adidas trainers come complete with a special ‘London’ roundel. Source: Ebay
Piccadilly and Jubilee. Source: Twitter
Piccadilly and Jubilee Lines. Source: Ebay
Central and Bakerloo – they were the first tube lines through Oxford Circus which explains this pairing. Source: Twitter
The side line denotes red for the Central and Adidas brown lettering for the Bakerloo. Source: Ebay
Northern and Hammersmith & City. Source: Twitter
Northern and Hammersmith & City. Certainly an odd paring because its a deep level tube and a sub-surface line! Source: Twitter
The Northern and Hammersmith still seem a little odd. The line is black – and grey – which should denote the Jubilee! However the pink Adidas logo does at least denote the Hammersmith. On the other side it is the reverse and the topmost Adidas logo becomes the Northern’s colour. Source: Ebay
When it comes to the Elizabeth Line one can see these were produced in a special style and the styling does indicate the new line was going to be the only one that featured these shoes. TfL originally wanted six companies to do a collaboration in conjunction with the opening of the new line and Adidas certainly was one of those collaborations.
If one looks at the other tube styled trainers (besides the Elizabeth Line) thee styling is more basic and this is even when the Elizabeth Line gets paired with the District. This suggests a less complicated manufacture process and cheaper manufacture presses for the later products.
Special edition ‘Stan Smith’ Elizabeth Line trainers. Source: Twitter
Very posh Elizabeth Line trainers! Source: Twitter
Special edition ‘Gazelle’ Elizabeth Line trainers. Source: Twitter
The Elizabeth Line shoes come in a nice ‘Cross Purp Eliza Rail’ packaging! A more basic type of branding than the others. Source: Twitter
Basic District and Elizabeth Line trainers. Another sort of odd pairing – again a sub-surface and a ‘tube’ line even though the Elizabeth isn’t a tube line! Source: Ebay
Jubilee Line. Source: Twitter
Metropolitan and Circle Lines. These are paired correctly by way of being among the earliest tube lines and Metropolitan/Circle was a particular identity that applied to the northern side of the Circle for decades but its not really indicative of the reasons why they should be paired. Source: Ebay
A much better pairing would have been to use the Hammersmith & City because after all that was the first part of the Metropolitan. The Hammersmith had no separate colour prior to 1990. The stations between Edgware Road and Aldgate despite having three different lines – Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan, had just the just two colours – those in the shoes above. It seems to me TfL are in fact using the original pre 1990s branding here.
These special Metropolitan trainers are of interest. Its clear those shoes’ roundels were made using the presses for the Elizabeth Line ones. It likely shows Adidas and TfL were looking to expand the range in special ways in order to make it look like the entire collection hadn’t been drummed up at the last minute in light of the Crossrail debacle.
Limited edition Metropolitan – note the stamped numbers. Source: Ebay
The special edition Metropolitan shoes have a ‘line diagram’ on the side! Source: Ebay
Some of the shoes come with Oyster cards, wallets and special Underground badges! Source: Ebay
There’s a ‘Hidden London’ special set complete with tube roundel and its part of the TfL collection. Source: Ebay
The Oyster cards and wallets. These are from a special set of three pairs. Source: Ebay
The special Adidas tube trainer sets comes complete with boxes that fit together in a certain arrangement to show historic tube posters. Source: Ebay
Special sets are also limited editions although not as limited as the special Metropolitan ones! These have their numbers on the inner sole. Source: Ebay
This is not the first time TfL has had a collaboration in terms of tube themed trainers. In 2013 special District Line D78 stock trainers were issued by Nike.
As shown here these special D78 shoes were based on the train’s seat patterns. Source: Twitter
Side view of those D78 stock trainers! Source: Twitter