Summary

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7 reasons to buy

  • A lot of reviewers described the Adidas Campus CNY as beautiful shoes with a nice Oriental touch.
  • Many people liked the clean look and simple style of the Adidas low-top sneakers, which they say, go well with most clothing.
  • The lifestyle shoes feel good on the feet according to a number of testers. They say the comfortability level is high.
  • The Campus CNY are quality sneakers that were made with excellent attention to detail according to several purchasers.
  • A handful of customers loved the cool packaging that the shoe came with.
  • A few individuals liked the cool color of the low-top footwear which they say has an understated and elegant feel.
  • Some purchasers liked the comfort, style, and everything else about the Adidas Campus CNY sneakers that they bought another pair as backup.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Campus CNY from the Three Stripes brand runs a bit big, a good number of people reported. .
  • The low-tops tend to get dirty easily, reported several customers.
  • Some testers remarked that the Adidas Campus CNY shoes need a bit of breaking in first before they get fully comfortable.
  • A few purchasers were annoyed to find out that the Chinese blessing found on the shoes reads as shou” or longevity” instead of fu” or luck” as listed on Adidas’ website.

Bottom line

The Adidas Campus CNY are beautiful classic shoes that have been updated with a modern, clean look. The elegantly minimalist style is easily paired with different outfits. The sneakers are made well with a lot of attention paid to each detail, and the comfort is top-notch.

The shoes only have a few minor drawbacks. They run a bit larger than standard sizing, and the light colorway makes it easy for the shoes to get dirty. The low-tops also would need a short period of breaking in.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Campus
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Adidas Campus
Price: $110
Colorways: White
Special editions: 5 special editions
Size
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The Adidas Campus CNY is a Men’s Originals model which is available in sizes ranging from 8 to 14. The shoes have a lace closure that provides an adjustable fit.

The Adidas Campus CNY is a versatile shoe that is easy to pair with casual to semi-casual clothing. The shoe matches nicely with jeans and shorts, but they look good just as well crisp trousers and button-up polo shirts.

The noteworthy comfort of the Adidas Campus CNY has been further elevated with the inclusion of an Ortholite sockliner which provides maximum comfort while being breathable and lightweight. Aside from the comfort of the sneakers, it still retains that iconic look that has been loved by many from simple consumers to celebrities.

The Adidas Campus started off in the 1970s as basketball shoes with a low-cut design. They were initially named the Tournament before being renamed as the Campus in the 80s. From being basketball shoes, the Campus transitioned into skate shoes. They would have remained the secret of skateboarding enthusiasts until the Beastie Boys featured them in their album called Check Your Cover and raised them from semi-obscurity.

The Beastie Boys wore the Campus their entire career, even well after 1987 when Adidas discontinued the model. The Campus became influential sneakers, making their mark on hip-hop culture particularly in the place where hip-hop was born: New York City. The Beastie Boys’ continued endorsement of the silhouette encouraged the brand to return the silhouette back in circulation in the mid-90s.

The Campus’ revival kicked off a lot of collaborations down the road for the silhouette ranging from House of Pain to BAPE and Undefeated. Adidas also came out with several Campus iterations of the model including one with debossed side branding.

  • Adidas unveiled the Adidas Campus CNY on January 13 of 2018. The shoes were part of the brand’s Chinese New Year Pack which also included the NMD R2, Superstar 80s, and EQT Support ADV. Previously, Adidas only released CNY packs of basketball silhouettes, but this year, the company delved into their Originals archive.
  • The Adidas Campus CNY sneakers, like the rest of the CNY pack models, are adorned with a Chinese blessing symbol. The Campus CNY’s symbol reads as shou” or longevity.
  • The shoes uppers are made of pigskin nubuck while the linings are made of leather.
  • The sneakers feature a rubber cupsole, leather heel patches, and a reinforced toe cap.

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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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