Posts Tagged ‘Shoes’

Adidas — All In

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

jtherkal: Adidas is launching it’s largest advertising campaign ever, with the likes of Derrick Rose, David Beckham, Katie Perry, Dwight Howard, Lionel Messi, B.O.B., and *fights gag reflex* Notre Dame. There are some things I like about this, and some I don’t.

First, I like “all in” as a tag line. If this is the new direction, I think there’s tons of room to do great work against it. Although I also love “impossible is nothing,” so I’ll miss that. I like that they include the “lesser” sports. Girl’s lacrosse! I love blending off-field style with on field talent, and Adidas is definitely a fashion/sport brand.

But there’s something off about this spot. The music doesn’t do it for me, doesn’t get me fired up, and doesn’t quite match the tone of the footage. And for some reason it feels kind of generic, despite all the star power. That being said, I’m looking forward to a possible ad war between Nike and Adidas. Nike has been at the top for so long, it’s time for Adidas to come out swinging.

And really, they have ND scoring on Michigan in there? Have they been around for the last two years? Shoelaces! Drop half a grade for that. Solid B.

sjbooher: “All In” is ridiculously overused at this point… so they got off on the wrong foot with me. Then they just show a bunch of highlights, barely spotlighting their brand or their products. Well, the products are probably there, but you don’t really know it unless you are really trying to spot them. I don’t get it. Looks like a generic highlight reel to me. 5 people spliced together better reels on youtube of these same stars in the time it took me to write this. And this is the product of their biggest campaign? Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Or as Dr. Dre so succinctly put it, you talking loud as a MF, but ain’t saying ish. D-.

#4.12 — Shape Ups — Kim Kardashian

Monday, February 28th, 2011

jtherkal: Could have used more skin. A.

sjbooher: Oh, so Joe Montana, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weren’t getting the job done? This seems like a better approach, and hey, I like to Keep Up With The Kardashians. B+.

#4.13 — Skechers

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

sjbooher: I think they actually ran the same spot previously reviewed, so instead, here is some comedic gold for ya’ll. The question at this point is, who has the bigger gambling debt — Joe Montana, or Luke Wilson?

jtherkal: Such a skeptic. Are you saying there’s no possible way that Joe Montana tried this product and realized that it’s actually super effective at shaping his calves? Because that’s what I’m saying. There was one point, at about :37 when you can tell he’s laughing as he thinks about how he’s going to kill himself after the shoot. Maybe he was on the Nicolas Cage shopping plan.

I think I have to up my grade for Sketchers for somehow pulling this off. B.

No! Not the b’s!

#2.2 — Skechers — Shape Ups

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

sjbooher: What just happened? What’s going on? The hilarious part, is that I GUARANTEE Joe Montana refused to let himself be filmed actually, you know, WEARING Shape Ups, and they still had him do a voiceover! Awesome. The sheer confusion this ad induced makes it a winner in my book. A slightly above-average winner, that is. C+.

jtherkal: Wait, that wasn’t a local cable ad? That wasn’t for Mr. Allens? 29.99 or 2 for 50! This guy knows what I’m talkin’ about. When I found this on YouTube, it was labelled: “SKECHERS Shape-ups Super Bowl Commercial feat. Joe Montana” Featuring Joe Montana!? Joe! Get a job in the booth! Sketchers?! This had no place in the Super Bowl and it made me feel sad. F.

Jordan Brand — Maybe It’s My Fault

Friday, April 25th, 2008

sjbooher: Remember how I mentioned that the dialog in the NBA split-head ads seemed scripted and forced? This is the exact opposite. Did MJ write this script while smoking a stogie and playing cards at the 19th Hole? I wouldn’t put it past him… but probably not. Does it sound like it could be an inspirational, from the heart speech he might give at the end of some camp for high schoolers? Definitely. Jordan Brand gets it right over and over again. They convey an image of superiority… of greatness… that you just want to be a part of. A+.

jtherkal: It’s hard to go wrong when Jordan is the voice of your brand. And your brand is actually his brand. He’s a proven winner and you instantly associate greatness with the product (except for Hanes, which somehow has managed to develop a “silly underwear” personality with Jordan and Cuba). It’s a good reminder that behind every great player is determination and drive and hard work. I sort of understand using the imagery they used, with no footage of him actually playing, but couldn’t they have found some training footage? Shooting free throws after hours in the gym? Anything? We want to see Jordan in action. A-.