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The Blog from Oi Polloi presents: by Sam Waller •

With the Olympics not too far away, chances are you’ve probably started training by now. A few press ups in the morning and cutting down on the Double Decker bars should help you out, but if you stand any chance of a decent medal, you’re going to need some decent shoes. Those battered old Red Wings may look pretty good, but they’re not the best for Fosbury flopping, and chances are they won’t look too great with a pair of running shorts either. No, if you’re taking this Olympics lark seriously, then what you need is a good pair of trainers.

For those of you with your name down for the track and field events this year, the sports-shoe alchemists at Nike have joined forces with Japanese designer Jun Takahashi to create the Gyakousou range, which translates to some super-light cyber-tech sneaks that should have you looking pretty slick on the podium.

Nike / Lunar Speed Light+ JP / Team Red/Black Pine/Fog

Nike / Zoom Elite+ JP / Olive/Khaki/ White Granite/Dark Obsidian

And for the people who are doing the classic sports-day tactic of entering dud sports to up your chances of glory, then we’ve got some great handball specific shoes from adidas. Yep, the three stripes have re-released the Baltic Cup, a shoe that, according to my contacts in the handball scene, really caused a stir at the Baltic Cup tournament in the 70’s.

adidas / BC Baltic Cup / Satelite

adidas / Gazelle OG / Tan Blend

adidas / Indoor Gazelle / Light Scarlet

As well as the Olympics, Wimbledon — England’s favourite disappointing sporting event, isn’t too far off, so if you’re hoping for silverware we’ve got you covered with classic court-stylings courtesy of Spring Court and Superga.

Spring Court / G2 Low Canvas / Navy/White

Superga / 2750 / Cotu Classic/Bordeaux

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