I can vividly remember when Adidas ‘dropped’ the Micropacer the first time round. Someone had a magazine with an advert for them in it and it was shown round the school playground more than a copy of Look-In magazine that had those pictures of Jackie Wright from Grange Hill in it.
Originally released in 1984 to coincide with the Los Angeles Olympics, the adidas Originals Micropacer quickly became an icon thanks to its unique combination of streamlined design and technical gadgetry. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, adidas Originals presents a one-to-one reissue of the shoe in its original silver colourway. I don’t think anything in my house had a micro-chip in it at the time so the idea of a pair of trainers containing one was proper Star Wars vibes. Concealed in the lace cover and linked to a movement-activated sensor in the sole unit was a small LCD microcomputer designed to record distance covered, average pace/time, calorie expenditure and to show where the baddies have hidden their lazer guns.
I never owned a pair obviously as they cost about a million pounds but if I had managed to somehow win the lottery before the lottery was invented, I would have snapped them up, teamed them with my Ghostbusters t-shirt and I could’ve died happy. I’ve not got the Ghostbusters t-shirt anymore but I can finally grab the trainers, as can you, here www.adidas.co.uk/originals