The adidas Jeans MKI was the first trainer from the Jeans trainer collection. In fact, up until recently, there hadn’t been too many releases of the adidas Jeans.
The idea behind the adidas Jeans shoe was to design a shoe that would fit well with people wanting to wear their shoes with a pair of Jeans – hence their name.
adidas Jeans MKI Vintage
The first adidas MKI was released in 1975 and came in all blue. This colour was chosen as it was decided that blue would be the most appropriate to go with a pair of jeans. The MKI is not as well known as the MKII which was released later. In fact, many people don’t even realise there was an MKI. The vintage adidas MKI from 1979 was very sleek and resembles shoes from the SL range like the SL72 and SL74.
adidas Jeans MKII Vintage
In 1979 adidas released the Jeans MKII which as I mentioned earlier many people think were the first Jean release. The main difference between the MKI and the MKII is that the MKII has a slightly different colour which is more turquoise. The MKII also incorporated bumpers on the heel and the toe. Over the next 5 or 6 years, the Jeans MKII had a number of peaks and troughs of popularity. Towards the latter part of the 80s, the style of the Jeans shoe was much more sought after but nobody was selling them anymore and adidas wasn’t making them anymore. If you wanted to get away from the bulky shoes that were being produced around that time in favour of the sleek Jean then you had to try and hunt a pair down.
adidas Jeans MKI Reproduction
In the late 90s and into the 00s adidas decided to release a reproduction of the Jeans as part of a number of reproductions that we still see today. The interesting decision about this rerelease was that adidas decided to release the less known MKI rather than the more popular MKII. This led to quite a lot of confusion as the design wasn’t as expected. This new MKI didn’t come with the front and back bumpers. Needless to say, the newly released MKI sold exceptionally well. Whether you wear the MKI or the MKII it goes without saying that the adidas Jeans shoe looks fucking great with a pair of Jeans and tops off any casuals outfit.
adidas Jeans MKII Reproduction
Despite the reproduction of the Jeans MKI there has still been a large cry for adidas to produce a reproduction of the MKII. After all, this is what many people only remember of the original Jeans. If you want that Jeans nostalgia then it has to be the MKII.
So finally news broke out in 2015 that adidas would be reproducing the adidas Jeans MKII.
The first colourways that were released were the traditional greeny-blue / turquoise that many of us still remember and a red/navy. When these two colourways were released in December 2015 they flew off the shelves with many websites going down under the sheer demand.
But adidas wasn’t finished there… At the start of 2016 adidas created a Size? exclusive and released a Dark Bown and Sand version. It seemed that whatever colourway the Jeans MKII was released it was always going to be extremely popular.
The final 2 colourways of the adidas Jeans MKII were released at the end of January 2016. Both have leather uppers in either black or white and come with the traditional rubber sole.
My Personal Preference
I have to say from a personal point of view that I love the traditional turquoise colours but my favourite colourway has to be this black leather version. Absolute class and so grateful that adidas decided to reproduce the MKII and then go one step beyond and give us these extra opportunities to own premium variations of this absolute classic.