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With the Adidas Forum Hi Crafted, a snug fit is guaranteed, and the foot is kept in place with the ankle strap that the shoe has. Meanwhile, the laces give the wearer the choice of a customized fit.

The Adidas Forum Hi Crafted comes primarily in men’s sizes with a size range from 6 to 12 US.

The high-top Adidas Forum Hi Crafted is vintage inspired and is an excellent shoe for those who can appreciate the iconic styling and the casual aesthetic to it. The Adidas Forum Hi Crafted high-top brings back the nostalgia of the 80s, making it a retro lovers dream.

Owners of the Adidas Forum Hi Crafted high-top can usually be seen wearing this pair with tapered pants and a simple shirt as the shoe itself becomes a focal point of the outfit. Regardless, the high-top still looks great with shorts and jeans, and the occasional joggers.

With crafted suede that has been tanned by one of the world’s renowned suede tanner, Charles F. Stead, the Adidas Forum Hi Crafted has luxe detailing and unmatched quality. The upper is made up of ultra-premium leather and is detailed with the signature three stripe branding on the sidewalls.

It’s also good to mention that the Adidas Forum Hi Crafted high-top comes with a leather cleaning kit and superb packaging making it a luxury to own.

Adidas all began with the owner, Adolph “Adi” Dassler, having a love for sports, and he went on to create spiked shoes for track and field. This led him to team up with his brother and together, they founded the company  Gebruder Dassler OHG which would soon become Adidas. In a few years time, Dassler’s designs and his shoes gained an international reputation thanks to Olympian Jesse Owens. Owens went on to attain four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympic where he wore a pair of Dassler's track shoes. In 1949, Adidas was established, and it was destined to go up from there.

Success for the brand was quick on the rise, and by the 70s, Adidas turned into an athletic shoe brand that led to soaring sales in the United States. By 1972, with the Munich Olympic Games just around the corner, Adidas became the official supplier for the games. With that, Adidas’ began releasing more shoes, diversifying its collection and products.

In 1984, it released a basketball shoe in the form of the Adidas Forum. This shoe had a built-in strap with a high-top profile, and the brand integrated it with some unique technologies to make it an even better shoe for the court. Some of the different techs that Adidas incorporated was the Dellinger Web, introduced in the Adidas Forum. The Dellinger Web is a system of nylon netting that could help in dispersing the impact of the foot, softening the shock of every step. It worked pretty much like a shock absorber.

It wasn’t the only technology that Adidas integrated though, and the brand went on to add a foreflex toe cut. This added toe cut allowed for better mobility. Meanwhile, the crisscross system that the ankle leather straps had helped in preventing injury to the ankle.

It was such an insanely popular shoe back in the 80s that Adidas began releasing different iterations of the original silhouette which, to this day, still enjoys a good amount of popularity. Enough so that Adidas went ahead and released the Adidas Forum Hi Crafted in November of 2017.

One of the variations of the original Adidas Forum and a welcome addition to the ever-growing Adidas lifestyle sneaker line is this high-top kick. It utilizes premium materials and manual craftsmanship to create something fresh yet familiar for sneaker fans.

With its premium and deluxe feel, it comes as no surprise that the price tag on this shoe runs a little high, at a retail price of about $270.

  • The Adidas Forum Hi Crafted is part of Adidas’ “Crafted” pack where three iconic silhouettes get a premium revamp.
  • The shoe has a BOUNCE midsole that provides excellent cushioning.
  • For tailored traction, a herringbone-patterned rubber outsole on the shoe can be observed.
  • Continuing the theme of its original silhouette, the Adidas Forum Hi Crafted high-top has the chunky midsole underfoot.
  • The Gold foil detail is evident on the shoe.
  • It also has an ankle support strap and includes an alternative strap.

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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.