Terrex Tracefinder Xhibition
Opened in 2014, Cleveland’s Xhibition has quickly made a big impression - showcasing high-quality, hard-to-find clothing and footwear from across the globe to the American midwest. Founded upon the ambitions to “inform, educate and entertain”, Xhibition has managed to blur the line between retailer and gallery space; communicating the story behind every brand. Together with adidas Consortium, Xhibition goes a step further and takes the story of Cleveland to the rest of the world.
Sat on the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is subjected to tough winters. Heavy snowfall and cold conditions make high-performing, technical outerwear a fundamental part of daily urban life. Xhibition presents a Terrex Trailfinder which combines outdoor performance requirements with striking aesthetics – fit for the streets and the ridges.
The model contrasts grey boiled wool with black leather overlays, the result is a compact, weather-resistant upper designed to keep the wearer well protected. A rugged, hardwearing sole is vital for grip but it is complemented by a partially exposed BOOST midsole for further cushioning. Here, Xhibition cleverly co-opts a technology developed for runners and implements it to provide outstanding comfort levels for a new, harsher environment.
While the strap provides enhanced ankle stability, it is also a small nod to adidas’ sporting heritage - evoking images of an era in which most tennis, basketball and running shoes were constructed with this detail to add further support. The strapping has three subtle stripes and with the bright, eye-catching lacing it creates a bold accent against the darker tones of the body.
While developing the model, Xhibition imagined the wearer lost in the nearby mountains of Appalachian Ohio. The goal was to create a shoe suitable for survival. If the Terrex Trailfinder was good enough to survive in the wilderness, then it would also stand up to the challenges of urban life. Designing functional footwear that does not look out of place on a store’s sneaker shelf presents a further challenge, but with smart use of materials and careful detailing the Terrex Trailfinder bridges the gap effortlessly.