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'No. 188': James Anderson's Custom Shoes By Adidas Stand Out In His Final Test At Lord's

James Anderson's final Test marked by special shoes (Twitter)James Anderson's final Test marked by special shoes (Twitter)

As the curtains close on the illustrious Test career of one of the world’s greatest fast bowlers, James Anderson, the limelight isn’t just on his extraordinary achievements with the ball but also on his feet.

In a fitting tribute to his legendary journey, James Anderson has laced up a pair of specially designed Adidas shoes that reflect the milestones of a glorious areer that has set the cricketing world alight in the last two decades.

Special edition shoes mark James Anderson's last hurrah in Test cricket

The James Anderson shoes for his last Test are a timeline of an extraordinary journey and walking cricket history. His left shoe throws it back to the start with '22.05.2003,' the date of his Test debut, printed across it, while the right shoe marks '10.07.2024,' the date of his final Test.

With '188' stamped on them, signifying his record number of Test appearances, these shoes are screaming legacy.

The design doesn’t stop there. With the 'Three Lions ECB logo' and Adidas’s signature stripes, these kicks are a perfect combination of classic and contemporary—much like Anderson’s bowling over the years.

As Anderson, the third highest wicket taker in Tests, walks off into the sunset, his shoes are proof of the miles he has trodden and the incredible path he has carved in the game.

They say you can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. For cricket fans around the world, Anderson’s customized Adidas shoes offered a glimpse into the journey of a legend and ensured that his final steps are as memorable as his first.

Meanwhile, England well and truly have their grip on the match as they bowled out West Indies for a paltry 121, with Gus Atkinson claiming seven wickets. 

Anderson also managed to snag a wicket, his 701st scalp when he picked the final wicket of the innings to dismiss Jayden Seales.

At the time of writing this article, England are 267/5 on Day 2, with Joe Root anchoring well unbeaten at 61.