Who Knew Trainers Could Be So Controversial? Rishi Sunak’s Apology to Adidas Fans

Last Updated: June 13, 2024By

 

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Hey there, sneaker fans! So, have you heard the latest buzz about Rishi Sunak and Adidas Samba trainers? It’s quite the story. Imagine loving a brand for years, only to be told you’re ruining it for everyone else! That’s exactly what happened to the UK Prime Minister, and boy, has it caused a stir.

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Rishi Sunak recently apologized to all the fans of Adidas Samba trainers. Why? Because folks are saying he’s made them uncool just by wearing them. Yeah, you heard that right. It all started when he was seen rocking a pair of grey, white, and black Sambas in a Downing Street interview. He paired them with a white shirt, navy chinos, and black socks—pretty standard, right?

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But social media went wild. People were even talking about selling their shoes because they thought Sunak had “ruined the look.” Ouch.

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On LBC Radio, Sunak said, “I issue a big apology to the Samba community. But let me defend myself—I’ve been wearing Adidas trainers, including Sambas, for many, many years. My brother gave me my first pair of fun Adidas trainers as a Christmas present ages ago. I’ve been a fan ever since.”

 

A Longtime Adidas Lover

Sunak wanted everyone to know he’s not just jumping on a trend. He said, “That pair you saw in the video, I did buy them, but I’ve had Adidas trainers forever.” It’s not like he just started wearing them yesterday.

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However, not everyone is convinced. British GQ magazine claimed Sunak was trying too hard to seem young and hip, and in doing so, “ruined it for everyone.” Ouch again. Footwear historian Elizabeth Semmelhack even said this could be the “death knell” for the retro trainers. Talk about harsh!

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Fashion Police Everywhere

And it’s not just his trainers under the spotlight. Sunak’s been teased about the length of his trousers too. He’s found the whole thing pretty amusing, saying he’s “intrigued and amused by the amount of focus on what I’m wearing.”

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It’s Not Just Sunak

Believe it or not, Sunak isn’t the only politician making waves in the fashion world. Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, has his own style influence. He’s often seen in Stone Island polo shirts—a brand also loved by rapper Drake and former One Direction member Zayn Malik. So, maybe it’s not so strange after all.

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Remember David Cameron’s Velcro Converse?

And let’s not forget the ultimate trainer controversy—David Cameron in black Velcro Converse. Yep, you read that right. Velcro! Trainer fans have never fully recovered from that one. Converse are typically known for their laces, whether high or low-top, but Cameron’s choice still makes people cringe.

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So, What’s the Verdict?

In the end, fashion is personal. Whether you think Rishi Sunak’s trainers are cool or cringe, he’s sticking to his style. And who knows? Maybe in a few years, people will look back and think, “Hey, remember when the Prime Minister made Sambas a thing?”

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What do you think? Have a favorite pair of trainers you’re never giving up on? Let’s hear it!

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