Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $100
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority were pleased that the 2017 release remained faithful to the original low-top Adidas Handball Top’s design.
  • Its retro, European look and colorway were perceived by many as unique, clean and stylish.
  • The Adidas Handball Top gained heaps of praises for its incredible quality and well-made construction. Others added that the suede on this model felt very soft.
  • Almost all noticed that this shoe looked better in person.
  • Sold at a fair price of $100, most informed that the Handball Top was worth every penny.
  • Buyers often regarded this sneaker as a great summer shoe.
  • A good number recognized this shoe and gave it a five-star rating for the superior comfort it offered around the foot and underfoot.
  • It is easy to wear, at least one purchaser revealed.

3 reasons not to buy

  • More than a handful said that this shoe ran at least a half size too large.
  • Some mentioned that the low-top Adidas Handball Top fits somewhat narrow and tight especially around the toe area.
  • A few were disappointed that this pair did not come with an extra set of laces.

Bottom line

A hard to find piece created back in the 1980s recently resurrected and Adidas fans are loving it. Perceived by some as one of the German brand’s best reissue for the year, it’s not surprising how the Adidas Handball Top sold out in most retail stores despite the lack of costly marketing campaigns and celebrity endorsements as well as on-feet videos and reviews.

In spite of its somewhat ambiguous sizing and its outdated tech, its old-school vibe, not to mention its high-quality and well-crafted construction were enough reasons for sneakerheads to brush aside its known flaws. Purchasers, though, perceived this shoe even more appealing and ended up recommending this product for its pocket-friendly price tag and comfortable feel.

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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 the 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, the brand 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.

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.

Fit & Sizing

Released in men’s sizes 4-14, this athletic 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.

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.

Additional Info

  • The EVA insert as well as padded collar and tongue supply the needed cushioning to make this sneaker extra comfortable.
  • 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.