Hanon x Diadora "St. Clair"
When Hanon Shop announced a new collaboration with Diadora some weeks ago, the first thing I thought was that it would have been a mission impossible. The Squash “St. Clair” was limited to only 150 pairs, with a preview for a few lucky people invited to a private launch event in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The shoes were appealing to me because of many reasons. It was a football related collaboration, as often happening when talking about Hanon. Their “Spirit of ‘83” B. Elites were both small grails for me, but I wasn’t able to cop any of them. I had never bought a Hanon x Diadora collaboration and I had read so many good reviews about their attention to the details and to the materials. And, last but not least, the exclusivity of the release made me sure to want them.
So, when Hanon announced that there wasn’t a good amount of pairs to do the in-store release and that they would have sold the remaining pairs by phone, I definitely decided to try, but by e-mail. And, surprisingly, they not only answered, but their response was kind and they let me grab the pair by Paypal payment. A great client experience, in a world of raffles and backdoor sales.
The great doubt was the sizing. No one knows how the Squash fit, so I chose to go with my V7000 collaborations size. And I wasn’t wrong. When I received them, I was amazed by the quality of the suede skin of the upper. I think that I’ve never seen something similar on sneakers: soft, without glue stains, definitely a high-quality pair. The details are many: Diadora and Hanon Shop branding are equally divided on both shoes, with the number “112” and the Hanon flame embossed on the right and the left back.
On the other hand, the shape isn’t the best Diadora model. The Squash is court sneakers, really low, so not easy to wear with joggers, for example. Better with dark jeans, matching the black outsole.
The box is custom made, as the shoes pouch: both are black, with grey rain pattern recalling the weather during the ’83 final. Three spare laces (black, sky blue and white) completed this amazing pair, in my opinion, a must-have for all Diadora collectors.