These days, a collaboration between a trainer brand and artist is pretty standard. Graffiti artists and brands have swapped streets for soles (Stash x Air Max 95, Krink x Air Force 1) and high-end designers have gone to hi-tops (Jeremy Scott x adiColor, Virgil Abloh x Nike).
The inspiration? Ellesse’s Tanker shoe. Released back in 1982, the project saw the first ever collaboration between artist and brand, with bossman Leonardo Servadio bringing designer Marc Sadler on board to create the legendary style.
‘Court meets industrial’ was the aim of the game. This blend of sport and street, outdoor and indoor was clairvoyantly futuristic at the time. It’s fitting, then, that Ellesse is bringing the Tanker back for another spin, letting it step into the fashion world it spookily anticipated.
The hero styling is the ‘OG Tanker’ – splattered with the boxing-corner blue and reds of the original – and the twin-cup sole that shows the brand’s ongoing courting with the tennis world. It also features the skiwear inspired outer sole, and nods to Ellesse’s tailoring roots.
Several new colourways have also joined the game. There’s an Insta ready dusty pink, a creamy off white, and a sharp monochrome effort. Unlike the OG, the spellout logo is modern and miniaturised, giving it a cleaner update.
We personally love the OG the most – it slips in perfectly with the mass of 80s and 90s colour block designs going around. One thing’s for sure – this drop isn’t going to tank (groan).
The Ellesse Tanker OG is available for £95, while the new models are available for £70, both on www.ellesse.com.