Never one to let us down, Rita Ora was the first female artist to work with sportswear giants adidas and is showing no signs of slowing down now with her latest collaborative project. Her newest collection scratches beneath the surface, using futuristic X-Ray prints and heat scans to create what is dubbed as the ‘O-Ray’.
Here at Soletrader HQ, we’ve been throwing around theories as to the idea behind the bones, with stories ranging from Rita’s love of cutting up vintage clothes to more philosophical musings on getting under the surface of modern pop culture. One thing we can agree on though, is that we all want X-rays on our shoes. Obviously.
This pack is your one-stop ticket to statement sneakers, incorporating iconic adidas styles with graphic prints and inky-black textures. Pay homage to retro favourites in the shell-toe Superstar trainer or keep your look casual in the laid back honey sneaker.
Why not follow Rita’s lead in the sports scene and freshen up in this unique re-imagining of the classic Tech Super style. Featuring a top-down O-Ray encased in classic three stripe adidas overlays, this is a whole new take on wearing your heart on your sleeve.
The O-Ray pack landed here at Soletrader last week and first predictions are that these styles won’t be around long. Shop for yours right now >>
There’s way more to working out than how you look, but why shouldn’t you be able to look sleek while you’re sweating? Stella McCartney not only knows how to kit out a catwalk, she’s also the go-to for any self respecting workout-a-holic.
Her collaboration with sportswear giant adidas has been gathering fans since its inception nearly a decade ago and this season’s offerings are nothing short of sports perfection. “Saddened” by the lack of fashionable but functional women’s sportswear, Stella ensured that her collection featured the very best in technical sports materials and infused it with the same signature style as her effortlessly chic ready-to-wear collection.
This season, update your workout wardrobe with the ultra-modern Pureboost trainers. Featuring Velcro straps instead of laces and a botanical print that’s right on point, they’re a practical way to make a statement whatever your sport.
It’s got a heel reminiscent of vintage ballet pumps and dusky pink highlights, but you’d be mistaken if you thought the Eulampis 2 trainer was all about aesthetics. The one-piece upper and elasticated laces ensure a perfect fit, while the breathable mesh panels and super supportive sole protects your feet from strain and fatigue.
Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get outdoors this summer, or if you’re just looking for serious sportswear to give your training programme a boost, let Stella be your style inspiration.
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Dating is never an easy game, but during the Valentine’s haze, things really go up a level. Do you stubbornly retain your own style, or go all-out matchy matchy? What does your footwear say about you as a potential life partner? We like to think it tells you a lot. A warning signal, a sign from above, whatever you want to call it, if you can get a sneaky glance ‘down there’, it might save you the awkward ‘do you want to come up for a coffee’ later. No need to thank us.
This girl knows her sneakers. She’s not your usual flowers and chocolates kind of date, so take her somewhere original and indie – a pop up restaurant, a gourmet burger bar, or an underground cinema. And don’t be intimidated – she might look fierce to begin with, but it’s all front.
If you like your girls laid back, look out for an adidas shell toe. She dresses comfortably, but enjoys showing her girly side too. She’ll appreciate flowers, but don’t go overboard – she’s not an attention-seeker. She wears canvas on her days off, so look out for Converse and Vans too. Take this girl somewhere less formal so you can really get to know her.
Your date is wearing high heels for you? She must like you, but don’t expect an easy ride. Compliment her, open doors for her and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get a second date. Make sure you’ve organised something worthy of those shoes – A quiet, candlelit bistro, a Michelin starred mega-restaurant, or a three course homemade culinary masterpiece, but definitely don’t take her to your local drive through.
Yes, it’s likely he’ll be wearing trainers. But if he’s wearing Y-3 trainers, you’ve got yourself a bit of a sneaker addict on your hands. He’s probably got more shoes than you and isn’t afraid to break from tradition. Impress him by suggesting somewhere modern for your date. Try sushi, dim sum or fusion food – think outside the box with this one!
If your guy’s wearing work boots, he’s probably not a follower of fashion. He chooses his shoes because they’re reliable, practical and supportive, so don’t be offended if he doesn’t immediately tell you how great you look. He’s listening to what you say though, because this is far more important to him than looks. If you can plan a date outdoors, he’ll be in his element.
If he’s wearing wingtip brogues, he’s taking your date seriously. He’s not afraid to show he’s making an effort and will be trying to impress you with his choice of venue. Let him look after you and whatever you do, don’t step on his feet (this is Italian leather we’re talking about!)!