Summary

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10 reasons to buy

  • A good majority of the buyers of the Adidas Campus Pride agree that the sneakers are of top quality.
  • One person has observed that the classic style of the Campus tied in well with the Pride color scheme.
  • The little extra touches on the low top make it unique, a handful of owners said.
  • Many also like how the sneakers are still subtly stylish and clean looking.
  • The colorway has been hailed to be fantastic by almost everyone who bought a pair of the Adidas Campus Pride.
  • A lot of the buyers have also praised the high standard of comfort in the sneaker
  • It is light to wear, others have noted.
  • Some agreed that the sneaker pairs very well with most outfits.
  • With the Pride colors and clean look, one person said that the Adidas Campus Pride was a great shoe for the summer.
  • The support of the brand and the sneaker for the LGBTQ Community makes the low top a well-loved sneaker and shows fans how inclusive Adidas is, some people were quick to point out.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Another sneakerhead says that the contrast-colored triple stripes should be on the lateral side rather than the medial side for better “pride” wearing.
  • A couple of commenters have mentioned that this Adidas shoe is slightly overpriced.

Bottom line

An old-school fave that's been given a nice touch up to make it modern while supporting advocacy is what the Adidas Originals Campus Pride is all about. Despite its minimalist look, it’s been said that it's very comfy and stylish.

However, the suede areas of the sneaker may get a little mucked up quickly. Aside from that, for a Pride low top sneaker, many are proud to own and wear this version of the beloved Adidas Campus.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Campus
Style: Classic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Adidas Campus
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Nubuck, Rubber Sole
Price: $90
Colorways: Beige
Special editions: 5 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 9/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 7/10
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Adidas sneaker
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Classic laces allow the wearer to either tighten or loosen up the sneaker to how they want. A low top unisex sneaker, the Adidas Campus Pride comes in men’s sizes.

The Adidas Campus Pride comes in one colorway option that is described as being cream white, with trace pink and trace scarlet colors to it. Tied together, these color represent the colors of the LGBTQ community, the inspiration behind the whole sneaker. It’s a great shoe for every gender and sex which is exactly what it is meant for. With a minimalistic style and design, the shoe will definitely stand out when worn out and about.

The low tops go very well with many outfits, fitting perfectly with the street style and casual wear. For those who know how to pair, the Adidas Campus Pride can go well with attires and outfits that are smart casual. Sometimes, with the right planning, the sneakers can accentuate the occasional work attire rather nicely. For women, pair it with shorts, skirts, and summer dresses to make a statement.

A court icon sneaker from the 80s, the Adidas Campus Pride sees an upgrade that gives it notoriety in the world of sneakers. It celebrates the LGBTQ pride with the rainbow colors that detail the upper, specifically the rainbow pony-hair leather 3-Stripes. A “Better Together” tongue label can also be found. The Adidas Campus is definitely an ode to equality and Adidas’ thrust to be inclusive of everyone. These two things, along with the great style that the Campus has, is what makes the low top stand out.

Adidas began its foray into the footwear industry back in the mid-1940s, the man behind the brand is the famous Adi Dassler. The success of a brand and a company was something Dassler built and worked hard on. Throughout the years, Adidas shoe after shoe after shoe reached peak status, followed by a slew of other well-favored Adidas sneakers.

To understand the history of the Adidas Campus Pride, we have to rewind a little and check out the original Adidas Campus. In the early 1970s, Adidas released an all-suede ball shoe called the Adidas Tournament, but it didn’t stay that way for that long. By the 1980s, it had transitioned from being a court sneaker to a skateboard kick, a transition that put it into the spotlight and the name Adidas Campus.

The hip-hop community was quick to embrace the sneaker with the Beastie Boys taking the sneaker on a journey to popularity town. To this day, many still enjoy the presence of the Adidas Campus, and many different iterations have already come out, one of them being the Adidas Campus Pride.

Part of the "Pride" pack from Adidas Originals, the Adidas Campus Pride has the cream white-based upper and the colorful stripe details to make up a forward-thinking design in a shoe that speaks a lot and supports a compelling cause. It was released on June 1, 2018 with a number of Adidas fans and members of the LGBTQ community as well as their supporters copping a pair of these kicks.

  Adidas’ support for the LGBTQ community

The brand’s support for the LGBTQ community first came to light when Adidas released an ad early 2016 right on Valentine’s Day that showed Adidas’ support for same-sex couples. The ad? A shot of two women’s legs leaning into towards one another as if going in for a kiss. This was accompanied by a simple caption from Adidas that read “the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

The ad from Adidas caused a stir amongst sneakerheads as well as the rest of the world. Many commended the move but, as it is with the world and social media, some were quick to shun the brand. Despite it all, Adidas was firm with its support.

In that same time frame of its release of the same-sex ad, Adidas went further to redefine its role as great influencers for the betterment of society and community. Adidas announced that changes to endorsement deals would take place wherein LGBTQ athletes were encouraged to come out publicly and not be afraid as Adidas would not drop their contracts. In light of this, Adidas even went one step beyond and announced it would support LGBTQ athletes.

Today, Adidas stands its ground with its support and one way it shows this is with its release of the “Pride” Packs. Notable Pride shoes have come in the form of the Ultra Boost, the Adidas EQT Support Adv, the Adidas Superstar, the Crazy Explosive Low, and recently, the Campus.

  • Premium pigskin nubuck makes up the majority of the upper of the sneaker.
  • It has a contrast heel tab.
  • The Adidas Campus Pride has ortholite sockliners.

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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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