Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Forum in a low top form replicates the original silhouette of its ancestor that exhibits a stylish outlook.
  • Utmost comfort was observed while wearing the shoe as testified by many wearers.
  • The sneaker commemorates its vintage image and leaves reviewers nostalgic with its time-traveling style.
  • Several users express their supreme adoration for the shoe with its overall excellent build.
  • It is versatile enough to be partnered with numerous variants of clothing on any occasion.
  • The sneaker, maintaining the basketball prototype's prestige, is assembled with high-quality materials.
  • The basketball model's function and aesthetics are evenly matched with its reasonable price, according to a couple of customers.
  • A reviewer stated that he acquired lots of compliments while wearing the shoes, especially on the classic velcro strap.
  • Resurrecting from the basketball era of the 80s, the Adidas Forum Low was highly recommended by old-time customers due to its vintage appeal.

2 reasons not to buy

  • 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.
  • One customer noticed that the colors of the sneaker did not match that of the pictures online.

Bottom line

The Adidas Forum Low stayed true to the initial release of the 80s by maintaining its stylish retro looks in a sturdy yet comfortable basketball sneaker. Adding a velcro strap aids in its low top construction secures the fit of the sneaker during strenuous footwork regimes while also helping users fasten their feet with ease. Contours seen on the upper made the sneaker appropriate to be partnered with a myriad of apparel combinations for men and women.

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Good to know

The shoe collar entrance is padded as well as the tongue so users should expect a secure fit that is supported by the hook and loop velcro strap and lace-up fastening. 

The classic low top sneaker can be sported with sports attires as well as casual clothes. Its unique retro image can be highlighted by wearing skinny pants while dresses are appropriate too for women. The shoe's shape is a tad bulkier than flat shoes, but due to its low profile silhouette, a multitude of fashion combinations can be outfitted with the sneaker.

The Adidas Forum Low discloses high-quality materials that were upheld from its original release like the patented crisscross ankle system joined together by a velcro strap. Another resurfacing feature is the Dellinger Web System that can be seen in the medial part of the sole. A pre-molded heel counter aids the compact rubber "Stabilo" heel support system. The authentic Adidas trefoil logo can be seen at the lateral panels in the ankle part and the heel.

The Adidas Forum was a beacon of innovation when it comes to restructuring a basketball model into three different collar heights. The high-cut, mid-cut, and low-cut was 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 was at the time was one of the most coveted basketball paraphernalia for pros.

Along with the different ankle tops, the vintage sneaker was also released in numerous colorways that range from white to black and even introducing neon colors to its style. The pronounced crisscross ankle system using a velcro strap, which is patented by Adidas, was retained even in the low top form.

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 was created exhibiting different styles but maintaining the three stripes logo on the side panels and the ankle strap.

For almost three decades the iconic footwear appeared in the feet of fans and sneakerheads including the celebrity brand promoter Kendall Jenner. The newer versions of the shoe still preserved its microcellular midsole which is wrapped by a Dellinger Web System that is exposed in the mid shank.

The cupsole and the patented criss-cross ankle strap was also maintained along with the placing of logos. Some materials, like the full-grain leather, were replaced by nubuck with patented overlays. Although the Adidas Forum Low has the same elements as its forefather, an addition of plentiful colorways sets the latest version from the original.

  • Kendall Jenner the highest-paid model, according to Forbes magazine, has been seen sporting the Adidas Forum Lows on the streets.
  • The basketball footwear maintained its original perforations on the toe box for breathability features.
  • A stitched cup midsole is utilized for its cushioning which underneath has a cemented durable rubber outsole with a multidisc profile for grip and traction.
  • When the shoe was first released, it was priced relatively high at $100.


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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.