Before hip-hop stars and well-dressed influencers became the de facto faces of trailblazing personal style, that duty was mostly reserved for rock stars. And we're not just talking about the bell bottom-wearing legends of the '70s. Ask anyone who grew up listening to 1990s-era rock 'n' roll, and you'll likely hear about Liam Gallagher's circular spectacles, football jerseys, and unusually deep closet of Stone Island gear. The legendary British rocker and former Oasis singer has always kept a simple-yet-stylish wardrobe: think cool sportswear mixed with low-key streetwear—and almost-always worn with Adidas sneakers. Gallagher has never been shy about his love for the Three Stripes, and now he's teaming up with the brand on a limited-edition sneaker.
Gallagher's signature kicks are dubbed the "LG SPZL," a brand-new silhouette based on the classic Padiham Spzl, an under-the-radar shoe that's nonetheless a cult favorite among Adidas loyalists. The minimalist-leaning sneaker features a cream-colored suede upper with tonal leather detailing. However, there are a few bold details at play: Gallagher's face is stamped on the tongue in black (à la Stan Smith) and "LG SPZL" is printed in gold on the side of the sneaker. The covetable sneaker release ahead of Gallagher's new album, Why Me? Why Not?, which is due out in September.
Nowadays, of course, it's not uncommon for non-athlete celebrities to get their signature sneakers. Adidas has already collaborated with the multi-talented writer-actor-musician Donald Glover, and there are rumors that Jonah Hill is working on a sneaker design of his own for the company, too. However, Gallagher comes from a generation where this type of crossover didn't quite exist. Even back in the mid-1990s, when he was the frontman for the biggest band in the world, the idea of getting his name on an Adidas sneaker wasn't exactly fathomable. These days, it's a totally different story. In some ways, this sneaker feels like it is two decades in the making—and by the looks of it, it was certainly worth the wait.
Available August 30 via Adidas.
Originally Appeared on GQ