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Top: Low
Inspired from: Football
Collaboration: Gary Aspden
Collection: Adidas Spezial
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede
Price: $120
Colorways: Red
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The soccer-inspired sneaker Adidas AS 520 SPZL is offered in US men's sizing in regular width. It has a lace-up fastening system for an adjustable, snug fit. Meanwhile, this model was inserted with leather lining and comfortable cushioning suitable for the city pavement.

Heavily inspired by the vintage profile of Adidas, the low-top Adidas SPZL AS 520 gives hints of retro leisurewear. Its upper is made of luxurious leather added with the remarkable blue Trefoil logo found on the tongue and heel. To elevate the luxurious charm, Adidas added the gold "AS 520" and serrated 3-Stripe branding on the side panels to give that classic look.

Adidas dressed the AS 520 SPZL in noble ink colorway made of various shades of blue on the upper contrasted with light gray on the rubber outsole. This sneaker model pretty much works with practically any outfit. Dark skinny pants, loose denim jeans, or khaki shorts paired with a plain t-shirt or button-down top will give you a relaxed look with a touch of a vintage element.

As a genuine member of the Spezial series, the Adidas AS 520 SPZL shoes flaunt vintage look to pay homage to the rich history of Three Stripes. With its smoother finishing and sleeker shape, this modernized version of Adidas AS 500 is a beautiful addition to one's sneaker collection of retro kicks with modern comfort.

The Adidas Spezial series undoubtedly holds a special place in the heart of Adidas. The brand formed the Spezial lineup in 2014 as their way to revive the archived models and introduce to the modern market. Adidas re-imagined the classic silhouettes using modern materials to suit the contemporary fashion. Gary Aspden and Mike Chetchuti, two of the most avid collectors of Adidas classics, were commissioned by Three Stripes to curate few iconic iterations from the brand's library.

The Spezial series made its return for the Spring/Summer 2019 collection that includes clothes, accessories, and sneakers. This latest roster of products flaunts elements that were influenced by the terrace culture. Adidas used the personal archive of Robert Brooks, a legendary Adidas collector, as their influence to this Spezial season collection. The brand tweaked a few of the silhouettes in Brooks' collection to give citation to London's sportswear culture.

For the first drop of SS19, Adidas included several sneaker iterations that feature vibrant Adidas staples that were re-imagined to fit the current market. Some of the silhouettes introduced are the Adidas ZX 530 SPZL, Adidas Norfu SPZL, Adidas Whalley SPZL, Adidas SL80(A) SPZL, and Adidas AS 520 SPZL.

The classic style of the Adidas Originals AS 520 SPZL echoes the vintage leisurewear. Displaying authentic piece of history, this kick was based closely to the Adidas AS 500. This modernized version has finer details and a slimmer shape made of luxurious leather. Adidas swapped the original burgundy hue with vibrant shades of blue to highlight its contemporary release.

  • The two-toned rubber outsole of the Adidas AS520 SPZL provides traction on various surfaces.
  • The brand added a rubber toe guard to enhance durability.


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