Adidas Berlin History
Back in the late ‘70s towards the early ‘80s, Adidas released one of its most iconic series ever produced – the Adidas European City Series. The series includes 24 lifestyle shoes representing different cities throughout Europe such as London, Kopenhagen, Milano, Dublin, and Berlin among many others. Each of these shoes has its characteristics that highlight the city it typifies. Like the Adidas Stockholm, which mimics the Swedish national flag through its vivid colorway.
The Adidas European City Series did not stop there. Instead, as time went by, it continued growth both in sales and in popularity. In the recent times, Adidas even conducted collaborations with shoe retailer shops like UK-based size? for some of the shoes in the series. The Three Stripes brand also continually releases re-issues of lifestyle sneakers in the iconic series up to this day.
One of the silhouettes from the European City Series that recently received a re-issue version, under the Adidas Originals sub-brand, is the Adidas Berlin.
Tracing back its origins, the first ever Berlin shoe was reportedly released in the 1970s in a white suede upper with contrasting Three Stripes and heel tab in black-colored leather. The more popular, however, is the ‘80s version of the Berlin that released from 1980 to 1983. Opposite of its ‘70s version, the ‘80s Adidas Berlin is more vibrant. It features contrasting shades of blue in a premium suede upper with leather Three Stripes and heel tab overlays.
It was further re-released in 2002, and eventually re-issued in 2009 as a collaboration between Adidas and shoe company Solebox. The collaborative Berlin model retained the original colors of the ‘80s version, but the main body utilized a black mesh instead of suede.
In February 2018, the classic Adidas Berlin trainers returned to the market in a limited reissue release. Launched as a part of the City Series reissue after its sister models, the London, the Bern, and the Dublin, this particular low-top sneaker came back with a slight tweak while retaining the Argentina and Sky Blue color palette.
Unlike in the original model, the 2018 reissue version displays the “Berlin” gold foil text in an upside-down fashion as a tribute to the first sample version of this shoe.