Verdict from 7 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Blackburn SPZL is considered comfortable by many reviewers.
  • It is made with premium materials, according to numerous respondents.
  • Most buyers love the classic vibe of this footwear.
  • Several online reviewers love the combination of hues used on this sneaker from the Adidas Spezial collection.
  • Adidas offers this sneaker at a budget-friendly price point.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of disappointed online buyers share that the Blackburn SPZL looks better online than in the actual.
  • The toe box is a bit tight, according to several reviewers.

Bottom line

The Adidas Spezial team launched the Adidas Blackburn SPZL in 2019 as an addition to the growing family of the Spezial City Series. This sneaker borrowed several elements from classic sports shoes, creating a fashionable look with a hint of vintage vibe.

Comfort-wise, this model provides a cozy feel, as the brand crafted it with premium materials. Its price range is another praiseworthy detail, as Adidas offers this in a budget-friendly range.

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Good to know

The low-top Adidas Blackburn SPZL sneakers are offered in men’s sizing. Like the majority of lace-up sneakers, this kick uses tonal flat cotton laces, to provide an adjustable fit to its wearers. Adidas used leather lining to add plush as well as a comfortable feel.

The Adidas Blackburn SPZL shoes feature an entirely new upper pattern and toe box design inspired by classic football and handball shoes. This kick is dipped in collegiate green/scarlet/night indigo colorway to pay homage to the Lancashire rose. The suede upper is in the recognizable green hue with scarlet red leather overlays for a stylish contrast. The Blackburn branding on the side is in gold hue added with the Spezial logo on the heel tab for elegant finishing. 

The Adidas Originals Blackburn SPZL looks voguish when paired with jogger pants and plain button-down top. A monochromatic tracksuit also looks dashing when paired with this sports-inspired footwear.

The Adidas Blackburn SPZL seamlessly combined the legacies of football and handball footwear, creating noteworthy lifestyle footwear. This kick is crafted with premium materials to provide comfortable shoes to its wearers. It also displays striking hues rounded off with several subtle details to create a stylish sneaker with a hint of classic vibe. Its premium suede upper is added with leather overlays for a bold contrast. The black sole, meanwhile, adds a clean, vintage finish.

Adidas formed the Adidas Spezial line in 2014 that specializes in the re-introduction of several silhouettes from the colorful archives of Adidas. Gary Aspden and Mike Chetchuti, two passionate Adidas collectors, were tasked by the brand to curate iconic iterations that represent the impressive history of the Three Stripes.

In October 2019, the Adidas Spezial unveiled its lineup for the 2019 Week Autumn/Winter collection. The entire capsule is composed of four new silhouettes to add to the ever-growing family of Adidas SPZL City Series. All these kicks were stirred from the style of Northern England. 

Included in this collection is the lead release called Adidas Blackburn SPZL. This sneaker was named after the town Gary Aspden spent most of his growing up years. The Adidas Blackburn SPZL is available in two versions - the regular retail and the ‘Nightsafe’ edition that is offered in a limited number. This kick is dipped in green and red hues inspired by the rose of Lancashire. It displays a low-top profile with a shortened toe box, which was a hugely popular style for the terrace fans.

  • The Adidas Blackburn SPZL ‘Nightsafe’ edition is available in 200 pairs only. This limited-edition displays the Nightsafe logo on its footbed to pay homage to the charity that delivers support to the homeless people living in Blackburn. All the proceeds from the sales of the Nightsafe edition of Blackburn SPZL will benefit the Nightsafe charity. 
  • The Adidas Originals Blackburn Spezial has a durable rubber outsole that provides grip and traction on city surfaces.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.