adidas powerphase trainer history

Everything You Need To Know About The adidas Powerphase Trainer

The adidas Powerphase trainer was introduced as the 3 stripes equivalent to the Reebok Workout, also coming from an era of spandex, sports shoes and studio aerobics.

The history of the adidas Powerphase trainer started a long time before Kanye West stamped his Yeezy imprint on the original 1980s fitness shoe. ‘Yeezus’ may have re-introduced the classic 80s trainer style with the Powerphase ‘Calabasas’ which debuted in 2017, but take the Yeezy connection away and the Powerphase history goes back a lot further than modern day ‘sneaker hype’. After several re-releases the Powerphase is officially back on the 3 stripes radar, and like anything that came from the nostalgic 80s sportswear era, it’s just as important to understand the story behind it. There is no denying the similarities of the Reebok Workout and the adidas Powerphase. Both capturing the 80s fitness market, the adidas Powerphase was the 3 stripes equivalent to the Workout and debuted in 1987, 3 years after the original release of the Workout in 1984. adidas also wanted to cash in on the 80s fitness boom from aerobics to weight training and introduced the Powerphase as an ‘all in one’ 3 stripes gym silhouette. The original Powerphase adverts from the late 80s clearly show who the trainer was marketed at with models wearing spandex, shorts and gym socks.

adidas Powerphase 1987

Above: Fun casuals to serious sports, an original adidas Powerphase trainer advert from 1987.

Whilst adidas and Nike were predominantly focusing on running and sole technology throughout the early 80s, Reebok saw a gap in the market for a simple fitness shoe that could cater for the fitness boom. Styles like the Workout, the Club C and the Classic Leather all catered for this new ‘workout’ culture and could be used for a variety of fitness and gym activities. Although they were by no means first on the scene, adidas started to develop their own take on the 80s fitness shoe and the adidas Powerphase was born. When we talk about 80s fitness shoes it’s always the Workout that steals the limelight, however we think the adidas Powerphase trainer history is just as important.

adidas Powerphase 1987

Above: The adidas Powerphase trainer in off white now available from 80s Casual Classics.

Classic 80s adidas styles will never fade away. Styles like the Powerphase have also led to the revival of other classic fitness styles such as the Continental 80 which has also been extremely well received among the trainer enthusiasts of the world. Originally released as part of the adidas Fitness collection from 1987, the Powerphase is now re-introduced from the adidas archives for a very special re-release.

adidas Powerphase 1987

Above: The adidas Powerphase trainer in off white now available from 80s Casual Classics.

Now introduced to 80s Casual Classics in a new off white colourway the archive fitness trainer makes a grand return for 2019. Highlights include premium leather uppers with perforations to the toe vamp and 3 stripes to the sides. The original adidas trefoil logo is displayed to each side alongside a lightweight EVA midsole for all day on foot ‘fitness’ comfort. This latest version of the Powerphase is finished off with a gum rubber sole unit for that ultimate retro 80s look.

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