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Men’s sizes are offered for the Adidas Glenbuck SPZL. Its nylon upper provides sturdy support while the laces secure the foot and keep the fit tight. Ankle movement is not restricted as the shoe has a low-top construction.

A unique vintage vibe lets the low-top Adidas Glenbuck SPZL stand out among other sneakers. Its colors are meant to mimic the colorful 1980s fashion style, while at the same time keeping the look simple to ensure a relaxed appeal. These kicks were meant to be worn with jeans, just like the previous decades of the denim craze.  

Blue jeans or shorts will go well with these shoes, along with a simple t-shirt and a bomber jacket. It’s a go-to old-school look that can be worn for any occasion. It also has a sporty look that can be paired with track pants or active wear for an on-the-go flair.

Retro is the word that comes to mind when looking at the Adidas Glenbuck SPZL. Its design was inspired by a 1980s runner, which explains its old-fashioned flair. It has a deconstructed tongue and upper that add to the shoe's charm. There is a second set of laces that can be used to change up the style. 

Printed on the inside line is the date of birth of Bill Shankly, which adds to the heritage feel. Adidas branding comes in the form of the highly recognizable Trefoil logo, embossed on the tongue and heel collar. Grey mesh encases the thick rubber soles, which also have gripped bases.

In 2014, footwear giant Adidas partnered with designer Gary Aspden to launch the Spezial Exhibition. The show honored and celebrated the legacy of the brand, focusing on its wide-ranging collection and archives. Spezial was also the name of an underrated 1980s Adidas sneaker that was reissued in the same year, achieving renewed popularity.

Four years later, Adidas and Aspden once again launched their Spezial collection, which took inspiration from the 1980s exotic scene of Ibiza. The result includes summer season specials that reflect the era’s freewheeling ways, most especially the Second Summer of Love in the years 1988 and 1989. One standout model from the line is the Adidas Glenbuck SPZL, inspired by a shoe from the personal collection of Aspden himself.

Glenbuck is the name of the small Scottish coal mining village that was the birthplace of the soccer player and manager Bill Shankly. The model is Aspden’s tribute to the late, great manager, taking a little-known shoe and updating it to suit today’s retro tastes. It has a deconstructed upper made up of lightweight textile, mesh panels, and suede overlays, along with signature branding from Adidas.

The low-top has a distinctly old-fashioned look that brings to mind the ‘80s fashion trends, which have received a resurgence in the current style circles. It is a timely shoe that can be worn with comfort and ease, a piece of Adidas glory from a bygone age.

  • The lightweight EVA midsole delivers cushioning for comfort.
  • Deconstructed refers to such details as frayed edges or unusual stitching that result in a raw-like, unfinished appearance. 


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