Adidas Campus 80s: A laid-back legend

Apart from Adidas Stan Smith and Adidas Superstar, the Adidas Campus 80s is one of the brand's most iconic silhouettes in its arsenal. It was initially released in the 80s as basketball footwear. Because of its straightforward yet fashionable style, this sneaker quickly turned into the hottest footwear among the youth and rap groups. 

A few years later, the Adidas Originals Campus 80s was used as the base model for several collaborations. Many brands saw the potential and how precious the style of the Campus 80s is and created their versions of this timeless sneaker.

Adidas Campus 80s vs Adidas Campus

The Adidas Campus is the modernized version of the OG Adidas Campus 80s. These sneakers virtually look identical and differ only in a few elements:

  • The Adidas Campus 80s has a narrower profile in comparison to the Campus. 
  • The midsole of the Campus 80s is a bit more textured when compared with the Campus.
  • Adidas ditched the gold foil branding on the side and tongue of Adidas Campus 80s, while the Campus retained these elements.
  • The Three Stripes inserted a much-pronounced arch on the Campus 80s, while the Campus only has a flat insole. 

Facts / Specs

Base model: Adidas Campus
Style: Classic, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Campus
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Rubber Sole, Cup Sole, EVA

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.