Size and fit

This athletic has turned casual sneaker is expected to provide enhanced ankle mobility and dependable support with its low-top construction and suede overlaid upper. It also remains breathable thanks to its mesh tongue and mesh lining as well as its perforated toe box and sides. 

Ample toe space is also supplied. Its somewhat narrow build fits average-sized feet superbly. Those with wide feet, though, may consider sizing up for a more comfortable in-shoe feel. It is available in men’s sizing.

Adidas Handball Top Style

Outfitted with a suede/synthetic upper and a gum outsole with the classic’s white, blue and red hues, this sneaker can take you back to the 1980s.

Despite its vintage style, the low-top Adidas Handball top remains stylish and visually appealing. Pair this sneaker with khakis, jeans, sweats and shorts and its striking red and royal blue accents can kick your style a notch up effortlessly.

Notable Features

The woven three stripes in black and red, the red top eyelets, the red heel tab with the black “Trefoil” logo plus the blue heel overlay with the “Adidas” wordmark in white that extends to the eyestay define this shoe’s look and make it stand out from other handball shoe-inspired kicks.

Although now considered as a lifestyle sneaker, the Adidas Handball Top maintains its grippy gum soles and a thin yet durable upper. Equipped with the basic features the highly active sport of handball requires, expect to be able to run and jump with ease with these kicks.

Adidas Handball Top History

A sport often played indoors, athletes were able to endure the fast-paced and physical game of handball with the aid of the low-top Adidas Handball Top.

Launched in 1987, the Handball Top was regarded as one of the best handball footwear created by the brand during that era. With a sole that supplied superior friction to keep the feet in place and optimal traction to withstand quick movements, players perceived this as an excellent performance indoor shoe.

Although not a part of the brand’s iconic Spezial line that debuted in the year 1979, this sneaker’s unique aesthetics is absolutely breathtaking. So distinct, non-athletes were even captivated by its look. Its one-of-a-kind design made its rise from sports to the fashion world effortless.

Despite its transcend from the court to the streets, this sneaker remained elusive even back in the days. Thankfully, Adidas finally made a favorable decision of re-issuing this model in its original form.

Brought back to life on October 27, 2017, and sold at $100, the Handball Top looks stunning as the original. Those who have seen it back in the days were indeed glad to see its return. The younger generations, though, were just awestruck with its unconventional, distinctive, retro design.

Due to its successful reentry, top-tier retail store size? teamed up with the brand to create their version of the Handball Top. Clad in blue, a color often seen in Handball Spezial models, but still flaunting a gum cupsole, the new rendition was launched exclusively at all size? locations on December 1, 2017.

Nice to know


  • The EVA inserts as well as a padded collar and tongue supply the needed cushioning to make this sneaker extra comfortable.
  • A secure and customized fit is achieved with the aid of the variable width lace-up closure system. The lacing system includes flat vintage white laces.
  • The extra eyelets can be used to create a heel lock and prevent blisters.
  • The “Adidas” insignia is also displayed on the bottom of the shoe, the lateral side of the midsole as well as the tongue label.


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