Yesterday, my very generous sister gave me a voucher for Size? as part of my birthday present. I was understandably happy given I am a big footwear fan and Size?’s selection is pretty damn awesome.
But receiving this voucher is just one part of a much bigger journey.
Back in January I heard about the new line of Adidas Originals clothing and footwear that was paying tribute to Star Wars. My inner 11-year-old-nerd was reawoken when I heard about the SW’s; a pair of trainers whose design was based on Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing pilot outfit:
Size? were announced to be the exclusive stockist for the UK and Ireland but it was still a while longer til the SW’s were gonna be on sale.
With the hectic lifestyle I lead, remembering the release date for them proved too challenging and when I went onto the Size? Dublin blog in mid-February, I read this. I didn’t even bother going into the store. The “solitary pair in size 11” were bound to have passed on to someone else.
After a quick check online I discovered that they were being sold on ebay for about €200 and that was usually before postage was factored in. They were awesome but unfortunately by bank balance was not awesome enough to deal with that.
My only other hope was London. When over there last week I popped into the store in Neal Street near Covent Garden. Optimism levels soared when I saw the word “Skywalker” etched on a chalk board near the entrance (I’ll admit I didn’t even read it – the excitement had too much of a hold over me). Had a browse around the store… no sign… asked one of the staff… “yeah we should be getting a few in next week”. Balls. The odds were not stacked in my favour.
By last weekend, I had come to terms with the fact that it just wasn’t meant to be and decided I needed to keep my eyes peeled for a pair of trainers that could be purchased with relative ease.
Along arrives my sister’s birthday gift card. On I went to the Size? website and time that should have been spent working on the hefty number of assignments due very soon was devoted to shoe perusal. My feet needed to forget about their unrequited SW love and move on. No use in pining after someone/thing that you’ll never get with. So my feet and I set out to the Size? store in Dublin with the hopes of scoring a date with these.
I browsed around the shelves and there they were in their black and white glory. They looked great… but… they were missing something. They just needed a lil something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I decided that trying them on would give me a much better sense of what they’re like rather than just eyeing them up on a shelf. But just then I spotted something outta the corner of my eye. Something orange. Could it be? It was. A single SW stared me back from across the store. My hand, almost independent of my body, lunged for it and requested a size 11 from the nearerst staff member.
He came back with the action figure style box and I kinda knew before I even tried them on that I HAD to get them. Luckily they fit like a glove.
And now, reader, I am proud to say I am the proud owner of a pair of Adidas Originals Star Wars SWs.
More photos after the jump…