Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • Based on numerous reviews, the Adidas GT Wensley SPZL is a well-designed shoe. One buyer commented that it was a perfect complement to the original.
  • A user wrote that the shoe is the most interesting of all the models in the Spezial collection.
  • Many people reported the shoe as being comfortable because of its light weight and the way the material moved with their feet.
  • A few testers said the fit was just right for them.
  • A couple of users said they loved the colors and make of the shoe so much that they bought a second pair to store for future use.
  • A pleased consumer said the item is exactly as described and pictured.
  • One individual mentioned that the shoe was worth every penny spent.
  • A buyer noted the shoe’s fine quality suede.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of customers complained that the quality and finishing left a lot to be desired. They said the shoe they bought had glue all over it.

Bottom line

The GT Wensley SPZL is a premium update of the Adidas Wensley SPZL. It gives off a casual elegance that is hard to match. The shoe spells comfort, fit, and style tied up into one neat and reasonably-priced package. And with the addition of the high-quality suede upper, the shoe is very much worth the money you spend on it.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Other
Collection: Adidas Spezial
Price: $120
Colorways: Brown
Size
Small True to size Large
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The GT Wensley SPZL is offered in men’s sizes which range from 7 to 13.

Rock the GT Wensley SPZL in casual or semi-casual outfits. This versatile low top shoe gives off an understated elegance that looks great when paired up with chinos, shorts, or selvage denims. 

Adidas’ GT Wensley SPZL stylish vintage-inspired design goes hand in hand with its choice materials. A soft and premium leather graces the shoe’s upper along with durable nylon while a rubber outsole gives enhanced and reliable support.

The GT Wensley SPZL is part of Adidas Spezial’s collection which is an archive-inspired line headed by Adidas shoe collector and die-hard fan, Gary Aspden. The Spezial collection features heritage shoes reimagined and reworked into a more modern design using far nicer and more technologically-advanced materials.

The Spezial collection started in 2013 and took off from Gary’s idea of showcasing the diversity of Adidas through an exhibition. The exhibition, named Spezial, was held in Shoreditch, East London and featured more than 600 pairs of vintage and deadstock products put together through 8000 painstaking hours of research and design. From that exhibition came the concept of creating a new Adidas line using rare and vintage shoes as a starting point.

In 2014, based on a tip about a huge amount of vintage and deadstock shoes in Buenos Aires, Gary Aspden, along with a group of other Adidas enthusiasts, set off for Argentina. From that trip, they came back with dozens of rare and archived shoes that they used as reference pieces to create the Spezial line. They would later come back to Argentina to present the shop owner, Carlos Ruiz, with his own signature Spezial shoe as a way of acknowledgment and thanks for his help.

The year 2014 saw the first collection of the Spezials line launched with four models. It was followed in February of 2015 with seven more models including the Hynburn and Adria Spezials. In Autumn of that same year, two colors of the Munchen Spezial was released along with five new models, one of which was the New York Spezial. The New York Spezial included the “Carlos” shoe, named for the Argentine shoe collector and shop owner. The OG was light blue in color and featured grey “New York” print. It also carried Carlos’ name and image on the tongue and had a golden accent on the sole.

Fast-forward to 2017, Adidas launched, along with a few other models, the Wensley SPZL. It was a shoe based on a combination of two other shoes: a Russian fencing shoe and a German trainer. It had a nylon upper, suede overlays, and soft leather lining finished off with a durable sole.

The GT Wensley SPZL quickly followed. It was a more premium update of the original Wensley Spezial. It had samba detailing, a soft suede upper, nylon panels at the rear, and crinkled leather stripes which contrast against the sidewall. The shoe was offered in grey and beige colorways.

  • The shoe also comes with a Spezial branded sock liner and soft leather lining.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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