adidas Cord Trainer

Everything You Need To Know About The adidas Cord Trainer

The adidas Cord trainer was originally released as a UK exclusive in 1979 as a corduroy alternative of the adidas Jeans trainer.

When adidas decide to re-release a trainer from the archives, it’s usually for a good reason & the adidas Cord trainer is no different. Steeped in 3 stripes nostalgia, the Cord trainer is now back by popular demand. An extremely rare trainer when compared to say the likes of the Gazelle or the Samba, the Cord was first introduced in a golden era of adidas trainers when rarity & exclusivity was everything. Those who know their Trimm Trab’s from their Torino’s will of course know that there is something awfully familiar about the adidas Cord trainer. That’s because it was based on the adidas Jeans MKII trainer, except instead of wearing them with jeans the original colourway was designed to be worn with cords.

adidas Cord Trainer Brown

Above: The adidas Cord trainer in brown/soft pink now available from 80s Casual Classics.

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It is said among adidas afiocondas that the Cord was originally released as a UK exclusive in very limited numbers. So were adidas aware of the fact that the Casuals in the UK were wearing Lois Cords with adidas trainers? Probably not. Just like a lot of adidas trainers at the time they weren’t specifically marketed at the Casuals, it was more that the subculture decided what was cool and what wasn’t. The Cord trainer was an obvious choice, not only for the Corduroy connection but also for its rarity. Originally released in 1979, the Cord followed in the footsteps (excuse the pun) of the Jeans MKII trainer and came in a similar tonal brown colourway as the likes of the Amsterdam & the Madrid from the City Series.

adidas Cord Trainer Brown

Above: The adidas Cord trainer in brown/soft pink now available from 80s Casual Classics.

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Apart from the corduroy inspired colourway, the Cord trainer was literally identical to the Jeans MKII which was also released around the same time. Drawing inspiration from the early SL ranges, the adidas Jeans MKI trainer was originally released in 1975 & closely followed by the Jeans MKII in 1979. The Jeans MKII went onto become the most celebrated trainer of the two Jeans silhouettes with its signature heel stabiliser & T-toe detailing to the front.

adidas Cord Trainer Green

Above: The adidas Cord trainer in green/navy now available from 80s Casual Classics.

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The good news is the adidas Cord trainer now is now revived from the 3 stripes archives. This time around however it takes its ‘Cord’ name to new levels by incorporating corduroy into the actual uppers themselves. Featuring the signature heel stabiliser & T-toe detailing of the original shoe as well as a unique covering of the ‘Manchester cloth’ across the uppers. Other highlights include suede overlays to the toe & contrasting 3 stripes to the sidewalls. The Cord trainer is then finished off with gold Cord branding stamped to the sides. Shop the revival 3 stripes release now at 80s Casual Classics via the links.

adidas Cord Trainer Green

Above: The adidas Cord trainer in green/navy now available from 80s Casual Classics.

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