Adidas Spezial

Launched on 18 July 2013

A firm antidote to the reams of high fashion trainer fans, Gary Aspden has been collecting Adidas shoes and apparel since his childhood in Northern England in the seventies. After years of working for the brand – during which his collection swelled to over 800 pairs of trainers – Aspden decided to draw inspiration from the democratic nature of sportswear by sharing his collection with the public via an exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery from 19-27 July 2013.

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Sole Searching in South America 2

23 November 2015
In the follow up to the first adidas Originals documentary, a group of adidas fans revisit an obscure trainer store in Argentina.


03 November 2015
A project exploring Northern identity, depictions of the North of England in fashion imagery and the importance of place in creativity.

Sole Searching in South America

30 September 2014
After a tip-off about a store stacked with vintage adidas, Gary Aspden put together a team of adidas fanatics to travel to Buenos Aires. Photographer Neil Bedford and filmmaker Greg Bond's documentary of the trip launched exclusively on SHOWstudio.
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