Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority are pleased that the 2017 release has remained faithful to the original low-top Adidas Handball Top’s design.
  • Its retro, European look and colorway are perceived by many as unique, clean and stylish.
  • The Adidas Handball Top has gained heaps of praises for its incredible quality and well-made construction. 
  • Almost all have noticed that this type of Adidas shoe looked better in person.
  • Buyers often regarded this sneaker as a great summer shoe.
  • A good number has recognized this shoe and give 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 has revealed.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some have mentioned that the low-top Adidas Handball Top fits somewhat narrow and tight especially around the toe area.
  • A few are disappointed that this pair did not come with an extra set of laces.

Bottom line

The Adidas Handball Top, a hard-to-find piece from the 1980s, is recently resurrected. Perceived by some as one of the German brand’s best reissues for the year, it’s not surprising how it sold out in most stores despite the lack of costly marketing campaigns and celebrity endorsements.

This kick from Adidas Originals has an old-school vibe and high-quality and well-crafted construction are enough reasons for sneakerheads to brush aside its known flaws.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.