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The Blog from Oi Polloi presents: by Nigel Lawson •

Those blue trainers we've done with adidas will go on sale at 08:00 on the 30th of November (GMT) online, and in our Manchester and Soho shops.

Until then, here's main-man Nigel's thoughts on them...

I’d been toying around with this idea for a long time. My first idea was to do a navy Ardwick. On someone’s Instagram feed, they'd coloured a pair of Ardwicks in navy blue, with a slightly brighter navy stripe. He called them Ardwick Marine.

I remember saying at the time, “You’d read my mind, if there was an Ardwick 2 then it would have been that colour.” I would have called it Salford Marine because my mum and dad are from Eccles.

Salford is like the twin city of Manchester, and it never gets any recognition. Manchester and Salford are twin cities, like Ciudad Juárez or Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Salford is the lost twin, and I wanted to give it some respect. So the navy blue Ardwick was going to be the Salford Marine.

I realised we weren’t going to be able to do an Ardwick 2, and then Gary told me he was releasing Manchester, so I thought we could do a colour of that.

Tahiti Marine is the dark blue version of the Tahiti, so that’s where the Marine comes from. The Manchester is a Handball Special, and this one is like the Marine version, if you get what I mean?

I pretty much just coloured it in. The amount of navy blues that me and Josh went through to find the right shade was just ridiculous. You won’t believe how many shades of navy blue there are. The one we picked was the closest we could find to Tahiti Marine. We got a couple of early samples that weren’t right, so we just took photographs of them against the Tahiti Marine and sent them back to adidas, and it took until the fourth prototype to get it right.

We’ve designed a few things over the years, but keeping going, trying to get it right with navy blue after navy blue was probably one of the most insane things I’ve done.

So that's 08:00 on the 30th of November (GMT) online, and in our Manchester and Soho shops. Don't forget alright?

See 'em here.

Fancy winning a pair? Try your luck here.

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The people say...

  • simon

    hi , its a shame a significant amount of these limited releases are being bought to resell , could the retailers do something about it ?

  • Breel Emboli

    Dry your eyes Kiddies. There are far better adidas shoes than the Handball Spezial. Just wait till the Universal comes back.

  • Andy

    It’s worth noting that counterfeit pairs are being sold on eBay and is also available at the world famous ‘Bury new Rd’. So it may not be down to Oi polloi selling multiple pairs

    As such these are pretty worthless as a collector item, so wear them well.

  • colin

    about time you stopped the same people selling trainers on ebay for silly money

  • Deano

    so which jammy fucker bagged themselves a pair, and have they put em on ebay for £445 yet?

  • Martina Mckeown

    Size 10 please my son be over the moon if i won these thank you

  • Steve kelly

    I see the back door selling of these trainers is same as all the other releases dealers on ebay offering all sizes guaranteed the outlets need bringing to account for this something needs doing

  • Michael Campbell

    Will you be letting people buy more than one pair much like you did with the Ashingtons letting them profiteer on eBay at the expense of genuine adidas fans and collectors? I’m sure your boss Nigel would have approved…

  • Neil Hamer

    Is there an online raffle or is it just good/bad luck? know I wont be able to get on line as driving at the time, Cheers

  • Sam - OP

    Hi Richard.
    They’ll also be going online at 08:00 on our website. Good luck.

  • john mccormick

    I knew there were forty shades of green but not more than forty of navy blue?

  • steve kelly

    With recent releases so call dealers on ebay have been offering all sizes ready to ship will steps be taken to try and prevent this with this release. Size? seams to have a big back door sales problem which is killing the brand for real collectors

  • Richard Taylor

    Hi just wondered how I go about buying a pair of the Manchester marines releasing on 30 it’s just I’m in a wheelchair paralysis from chest down an live 2 hours away from the London shop is there any Way I could reserve a pair an get someone to pic them up thank you in advance look forward to hearing from you

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