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Adidas Stretford: 1,200 pairs of limited edition trainers

The Adidas Stretford is a limited edition trainer that honours the Stretford End (legendary standing area) of Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium. Adidas recently signed a 10 year kit manufacturing contract with Manchester United - replacing Nike - and are capitalising on that contract by releasing limited edition Manchester United themed products; like the Stretford, Ashington (Bobby Charlton), and replica's of 1980's Adidas Manchester United kits.

Showing the limited edition of the Stretford, in a dark and light blue colourway. The Stretford End, when it was a standing area, with seats above, in the early 1990's.

The Stretford End (shown above, when it was a standing area in the early 1990's) is historically the 'home end' of Old Trafford, that tended to produce the most atmosphere during matchdays. The Stretford End is now a two tier seating area, but it's renown was created when it was a standing area (with a small seating area above) before 1993 (after which it was redeveloped into a seating area to comply with the findings of the Taylor Report).

Questions were raised why the Adidas Stretford was created in colours that are used by cross city rivals Manchester City. Adidas stated that the colourway of the shoe was to honour the 1968 European Cup winning side: who wore blue to defeat Benfica at the final held at Wembley. The upper of the Stretford is made from suede, and the design seems reminiscent to the Adidas Hamburg (part of the City Series, released in the early 1980's).