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8 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers are pleased with this re-issue of the classic Adidas Berlin trainers from the '80s.
  • Most of the reviewers comment that this Berlin re-issue is of superb quality. 
  • The majority also agrees that the colorway and style of this low-top Adidas sneaker are beautiful and pleasing to the eyes.
  • Many reviewers comment that this low-top classic looks good with almost any outfit.
  • This Three Stripes shoe is one of the comfiest pairs they have ever owned, according to a small number of reviewers.
  • Some pointed out how they like that the "Berlin" text is printed upside-down as it adds to the shoe's uniqueness and iconic look.
  • The Adidas Berlin comes with a reasonable price tag.
  • Some pleased reviewers report that they receive lots of compliments with this shoe on.

2 reasons not to buy

  • For most reviewers, the only downside of the Adidas Berlin is that it is hard to find online and across different retail shops.
  • Some commenters say that this shoe fits a bit tight.

Bottom line

Made of premium suede in two-tone blue color, gum rubber outsole, and unique upside-down “Berlin” gold foil branding on the sidewalls, this low-top sneaker from the classic Adidas European City Series has been continuously receiving positive reviews from the consumers since it was re-issued earlier this year. 

Most people are having difficulties finding a pair since the shoe left purchasers satisfied with its superb quality, utmost comfort, and a "must-have" aesthetic.

Facts

Style: Classic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Training
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Gum Sole, Suede
Price: $100
Colorways: Blue
Size
Small True to size Large
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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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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