Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
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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.
Adidas Berlin Style
A simple low-top sneaker with minimal aesthetics, the Adidas Berlin features a two-tone blue suede upper and classic low-profile gum rubber outsole. The serrated Three Stripes are presented in contrasting and lighter blue tone, adjacent to an upside-down printed “Berlin” branding in gold foil. Wear it with shorts, slim-fitting jeans, or casual pants, and you're good to go.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Berlin has a low-cut construction that allows flexible foot movement. It also features a traditional lace-up closure, in tonal laces, that allows a customized fit adjustable depending on the wearer's preference. The laces could also loop through into the extra tab on the tongue for a more secure and comfortable fit.
This classic Adidas Berlin shoe comes in men’s sizes ranging from 4 to 14 in D Standard width. Half sizes are available. The fit is true to size for the majority of reviewers.
The Adidas Berlin has its way of making itself truly as one of Adidas’ most iconic shoe models ever created. One feature that stands out is the unique upside down “Berlin” text in gold foil that gives the Adidas Berlin its true identity.
- The signature Three Stripes come with a serrated leather material.
- Unlike typical Adidas sneakers, the Adidas Berlin re-issue has no Adidas brandings on the tongue and the heel.
- Also featured is an Ortholite sockliner for in-shoe comfort.
- Similar to the original Adidas Berlin that released in the ‘80s, the February 2018 reissue version also features a built-in heel counter, arch support, and slightly padded tongue.
- Other retailers also refer to this shoe as the Adidas Originals Berlin or the Adidas Berlin OG.