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  • Most reviewers noted how comfortable the Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY because of its compression molded EVA midsole and Ortholite sockliner.
  • Majority of buyers are impressed with the Chinese New Year detailing from the Scarlet red and Running white colorway, and the Lu” Chinese character stitched at the back heel patch.
  • The signature EQT webbing tape 3-stripes and the TPU heel strap keeps the sneaker supported and sturdy.
  • A large number of users were enthralled by the on-feet looks of this all-white sneaker as it easily blends with a variety of outfit, clothing and fashion style.
  • The men’s sneaker has a knit upper with a sock-like fit allowing a variety of movement comfortably.
  • Numerous commenters appreciate that this sleek and clean silhouette sneaker inspired by the Chinese New Year only cost $140 per pair.
  • The Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY has outstanding quality and construction according to some sneaker fans.
  • Several people bought this sneaker as their footwear for the Chinese New Year celebrations.
  • Aside from the overall look and feel of the shoe, some customers praised the box packaging of the cleat because of its auspicious red color and lucky Chinese characters printed in gold at the top.
  • Reflective nubuck overlay detailing makes it extra bright and visible even at night some observers noted.
  • A few reviewers mentioned the gold lace tips as a beautiful accent to the shoe.
  • Some wearers posted that the knit upper material is thin and breathable allowing air to circulate inside the footwear.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers complained that the white shoes easily get dirty with dirt, dust, or mud that they have to clean or wash them after every use.
  • A small number of buyers with wide feet felt the Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY is a tad too narrow for their comfort.
  • Some would have wanted the shoe in sizes for women and other colorways.

Bottom line

Released in time for the 2018 Chinese New Year, the Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY is an affordable sneaker option for those looking for a light and comfortable white kicks to use during the festivities and more. Starting from its beautiful red shoebox packaging with Chinese-inspired designs, the auspicious Chinese characters stitched at its heel patch and red edging over the white knit upper of this sneaker purely standout. What draws most buyers to this shoe is its affordable price of only $140 for each pair of well-built, modern, and stylish sneakers.


Base model: Adidas EQT Support ADV
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas EQT
Price: $140
Colorways: White
Special editions: 5 special editions
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With sock-like Ortholite sockliner, the durable knit upper comes fully supported with molded plastic straps from both sides to the heel with a one-piece collar and tongue. The Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY sneaker comes in a medium width of D exclusively released for men. It comes in the US sizes 7 to 14 for men.

With the exponential growth of the Asian market, it is only apt for global brands like Adidas to release designs catering for festivities like the Chinese New Year. With this celebration being observed in many Asian countries and has also recently crept into Western audiences, CNY influenced designs were released by the brand for its formidable silhouettes like Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY. From its uniquely styled packaging in auspicious red with Chinese characters, this aesthetic element is further expressed in the actual shoe. A Lu” Chinese character which means wealth” is stitched at the back heel patch for a more pronounced look.

The all-white knit upper is further enhanced by red edging accent. The shoe with reflective nubuck overlays also has gold-tipped shoelaces for a more sophisticated detailing. The limited release shoe looks great in shorts, pants, joggers, or jeans and can quickly mix and match with a variety of clothing.

Most striking among the many features of the Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY is its Chinese New Year design in auspicious red edging accent and a Lu” Chinese character used in the traditional blessing that symbolizes wealth.

Also notable is the webbing tape popularly used in Equipment line releases gives additional support to the midfoot. This webbing tape resembles that of the signature 3-stripe extends all the way into the midsole where an embossed image of company logo can be found.

For a multi-billion dollar footwear manufacturing company like Adidas, it is unimaginable how it was able to bounce back from its poor sales and dwindling revenues that almost drove it the point of bankruptcy. Ever since the German brand was established by its company founder Adolph Adi” Dassler in 1949, the company had it rolling regarding shoe designs and revenues.

From performance shoes for soccer, running, and tennis to transitioning into other apparel like clothing, the company seemed to have it all until their sales slid to its all-time low in the 1980s up to the early 1990s.

To revive sales and company revenues, Adidas hired Peter Moore as its Chief Executive Officer, one of the designers of the highly successful Nike Air Jordan 1 to rev-up the company’s design portfolio and resuscitate the ailing shoe company. In 1991, with a simple slogan The Best of Adidas” that resonates with the new 3-Stripe logo replacing the Trefoil logo, Moore released the Equipment line.

Ever since the first release of the first shoe with the now iconic 3-stripes with unassuming green, white, and black colorway, the Equipment line continued to produce sneakers that would include shoes for various sports.

Some 25 years later, the Equipment line has endured with a continued growing following and expanded to various sports from basketball, volleyball, soccer, fencing, and running kicks. The everlasting silhouette has remained the same imbibing on the design philosophy of removing the unnecessary and only keeping what is essential.

As symbolic as the iconic three-stripes, the brand stayed true to three elements of their design philosophy which involves support, protection, and performance. The Adidas EQT Support ADV model continues the legacy of the Equipment line of retaining only the core elements fulfilling a specific function and nothing else.

Released just in time for the Chinese New Year 2018 or the Year of the Dog, the Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY release coincides with the launch of other shoes belonging to the Chinese New Year Pack such as the Adidas NMD R2, Adidas Superstar, and the Adidas Campus.

Each shoe had lucky Chinese characters stitched at the heel with the EQT Support ADV CNY inscribed with the Chinese character Lu,” a traditional New Year blessing that symbolizes wealth.”

Other shoes released in January 2018 that also had auspicious Chinese characters and New Year blessing symbols with the NMD R2 CNY featuring the Chinese character Xi” which means blessing of happiness.”

Other heritage sneakers like the Campus CNY were given embroidered detailing of Fu” meaning luck” while the Superstar 80s CNY displays the character Shou” which translates to longevity.” Due to the massive success of the Chinese New Year Pack, Adidas also released a Chinese New Year-inspired design for the Adidas Ultra Boost 4.0 in February 2018.

  • The signature Thermoplastic polyurethane heel piece gives support to the back of the shoe while EQT webbing 3-stripes offer added support to the kick.
  • The Chinese character Lu” is embroidered on the heel patch of the Adidas EQT Support ADV CNY while a printed Lu graphic can be found at the sockliner.
  • The Ortholite sockliner gives added comfort, breathability, and flexibility to the shoe.
  • Metallic gold lace tips provide extra detailing on the flat shoelace.
  • A reflective nubuck overlay gives additional visibility at night.


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