Who should buy the Adidas Forum Low

This Adidas kick might be right up your street if:

  • you are building a rack of basketball sneaks, whether from the brand or in general
  • you love swinging Three Stripe retro kicks 
  • you are looking for budget-friendly sneakers

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Who should NOT buy it

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Simply timeless

The Adidas Forum in a low-top form replicates the original silhouette of its ancestor that exhibits a stylish outlook. Even Kendall Jenner, billed by Forbes magazine as one of the highest-paid models, has been seen sporting the Adidas Forum Lows on the streets.

Adidas Forum Low timeless

It suits many streetwear clothes

It goes well with plenty of sporty to laidback clothes. Its unique retro design matches jeans, skinny pants, and mini denim dresses. 

Adidas Forum Low stylish

Packed with comfort

Many wearers appreciate its stitched cup midsole that offers cushioning and the needed shock absorption when walking and standing for long hours.

Adidas Forum Low comfortable

Secure fit

The shoe offers a secure fit given that the collar and tongue are sufficiently padded and supported by the hook and loop velcro strap and lace-up fastening. A pre-molded heel counter aids the compact rubber "Stabilo" heel support system. 

Adidas Forum Low lace and strap

No scrimping of materials here

Its overall excellent build overjoys several users. Everything’s assembled using high-quality materials. It retained the best elements of the original template, such as the patented crisscross ankle system joined together by a velcro strap.

Adidas Forum Low materials

A real steal 

It falls within the market’s budget-friendly pickups, making it a welcome alternative to its preppy cousins, the Adidas Superstars.  

Adidas Forum Low ala superstar

Nostalgic for baby boomers and Gen X's

Resurrecting from the basketball era of the 80s, the Adidas Forum Low was highly recommended by old-time customers due to its vintage appeal. The Dellinger Web System that can be seen in the medial part of the sole is one of the resurfacing features of the original shoe. 

Adidas Forum Low dellinger

Air holes at the forefoot

This basketball-inspired sneaker maintained its original perforations on the toe box to promote breathability.

Adidas Forum Low front

It lets you pivot and twist minus the slips

Adidas cemented a durable rubber on the outsole with a multidisc profile for grip and traction.

Adidas Forum Low pivot point

Spacious toe benefits wide footed users

A handful of the users were unsatisfied with the toe box and lining of the Forum Low, stating that it runs larger than their usual sizing. 

Adidas Forum Low width

Adidas Forum Low history

The Adidas Forum is a beacon of innovation as it's one of the restructured basketball shoes made into three collar heights. The high-cut, mid-cut, and low-cut were first observed with the Forum when it was first released in 1984.

Even the famous Michael Jordan wore these during the Olympic trials in the same year. The quintessential shoe was built with premium materials like a full-grain leather upper and a durable stitched cupsole, which at the time was one of the most coveted basketball paraphernalia for pros.

Adidas Forum Low cupsole

Along with the different ankle tops, the vintage sneaker was also released in numerous colorways ranging from white to black, not to mention neon colors. The pronounced crisscross ankle system using a velcro strap, patented by Adidas, was retained even in low-top form.

Adidas Forum Low velcro strap

The Adidas Forum became prevalent in the 80s and was re-released to the public during the 90s. Since then, several renditions of the silhouette have been created, exhibiting different styles but maintaining the Three Stripes logo on the side panels and the ankle strap.

Adidas Forum Low 3 stripes

For almost three decades, the iconic footwear appeared in the feet of fans and sneakerheads, including celebrities. The newer versions of the shoe still preserved its microcellular midsole, wrapped by a Dellinger Web System exposed in the mid shank.

The use of a cupsole, patented criss-cross ankle strap, and the brand's emblems are still present in the comeback silhouette. Like the full-grain leather, some materials were replaced by nubuck with patented overlays. Although the Adidas Forum Low has the same elements as the OG, the latest version has more colorway options.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Forum, Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces, Velcro
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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