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Adidas Skateboarding: Introducing The Liberty Cup

Combining nostalgia with the latest skate-driven performance features, the adidas Liberty Cup is a brand new silhouette that offers function through a nostalgic design inspired by classic tennis court shoes and ‘90s skateboarding. Drawing direct influence from a time when local skate spots were like world champion courts, elements from both the past and future result in a distinctive finish that reflects signature adidas styling, with a supportive bounce midsole and shock-absorbing vulc-wrapped cupsole at its core. 

Sitting alongside more muted core black and white gum colourways, flashes of hi-res yellow accentuate the contours of this white edition of the adidas Liberty Cup which has been crafted from a combination of leather, mesh and synthetic fabrics. Noticeably more chunky than now-commonly streamlined modern skate footwear, the exaggerated proportions are highlighted through bold lines with a crisp white vulcanised midsole below, complete with a teal coloured ollie insert. A beige-coloured suede overlay flows across the outer side of the shoe, emphasized by a hi-res yellow top edge and a metallic gold adidas trefoil logo has been added above for a deluxe touch. Breathable mesh sits in between smooth leather around the front of the foot and a synthetic layer on the back of the heel for a subtle textured finish. Perforation increases durability around the lower edge of the lace border whilst the tongue has a mesh top layer and a woven label wraps around the top edge bearing a ‘brand with the 3 stripes’ graphic. Supplying reliable shock-absorption and support, a bounce midsole works alongside the vulc-wrapped cupsole and patterned grey tone tread has been designed with a circular trefoil pattern, pivot point and visible cut out cushioned insert. 

Catering to those seeking a more low-key aesthetic, the core black and white adidas Liberty City Cup models have been created with the same focus on style and support with suede uppers and curved mesh overlays that exhibit the models unique features with more subtlety. Additionally a removable moulded Adiprene footbed holds the foot in place whilst in motion, and Adituff reinforcements have been added to key stress points to reduce abrasion when worn daily. 

Set to arrive on October 1st as part of the adidas Rider Series, team rider Chewy Cannon has selected the new Liberty Cup for his part within the programme which unveils monthly installments of skate focused footwear imagined by selected team riders. Hailing from the UK and a well-known Southbank resident, Cannon has chosen all black uppers with understated purple hints above a gum outsole, his take on the style reflects a balance of authenticity and function whilst demonstrating the possibilities of the silhouette. 

The three introductory colourways of the adidas Liberty Cup model will be available through Flatspot on Sunday 1st September. Stay tuned for updates on future styles.



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