Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many online reviewers described these as a comfortable sneaker that can be worn all day.
  • The stylish and versatile look makes it appealing to a lot of consumers because they can make a lot of use out of it as it can be paired with different outfits and worn for varying occasions.
  • The Adidas Handball Top Mesh meets the expectations of some users.
  • It has a breathable and lightweight upper which boosts the comfort of these shoes.
  • One noted that the Handball Top Mesh is made exactly as how he remembered it in the 80s.
  • The gum sole adds a nice touch on the overall look of the shoe, said one
  • Few users note that these pair well with a variety of bottoms such as jeans, shorts, and track pants.
  • Because of its colorway and style, these are the perfect sneaker to wear during spring and summer.
  • Purchasers like the original design and stunning retro look of these sneakers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some felt disappointed that these can collect dust and dirt easily because of its white suede upper.
  • One said that it would be better if it came in more colorways.
  • Because of the white suede upper, these can be quite hard to clean compared to leather upper.

Bottom line

With the recent sneaker release, it only proves that there's no stopping Adidas from going back to the Three Stripes’ archives for design inspirations. The Adidas Handball Top Mesh gets the same throwback styling as the Liga and Handball Top. Even though it transitioned from a performance sneaker to casual wear, it has the similar features as being lightweight, comfortable, and breathable. Offered at $100 a pair, users can already enjoy this versatile sneaker and include it in their rotation.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Handball Top
Top: Low
Inspired from: Other
Collection: Adidas Originals
Price: $100
Colorways: White
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Adidas sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this April

The Adidas Handball Top Mesh is available in men's sizes ranging from 5-7. Based on the feedback of most wearers, the shoes fit true to size in terms of width and length. Women who are wanting to avail the same model can go two sizes down for the equivalent sizing.

The lace-up closure of these sneakers provides major lockdown to the feet. Leather reinforcements on the eyelets provide more durability. Moreover, because the lacing system follows the contours of the feet, it gives more security for the closure.

Coming from the heritage of performance sneakers, the Adidas Handball Top Mesh gets the same throwback feel with its unique gum outsole. The all-white upper gets broken down because of the difference in the texture of the suede and mesh. Accents of light blue can be seen on the black Three Stripes, and a pale gray detail on the collar keeps everything neutral. This is different from the Nike Cortez-like color donned from its predecessor, the Handball Top.

These shoes can easily be styled because of its low-top silhouette and neutral upper. Dressing it up or down can be possible as it can be paired with trousers, shorts, and jeans.

One doesn't need to be a handball player to appreciate these sneakers. Its leather and synthetic suede overlays make it durable and comfortable qualities. Because of the mesh inlays, these sneakers are guaranteed to have the maximum breathability suitable for every day and all-day wear.

Just like in music and apparel, revivals are a huge hit in the sneaker industry. The Adidas Handball Top Mesh is an example of a retro-styled sneaker. Inspired by a shoe released in 1987 known as Liga, the Handball Top Mesh comes from the heritage of the Handball Top.

Dubbed as the best handball footwear by Adidas during its time, the Handball Top sports an outsole that has maximum friction perfect for the quick and unpredictable movements of the sport. Because its design is unique, it captivated the attention of those with a flair for style.

The Adidas Handball Top was re-released in 2017, looking as stunning as it was before. The launch appealed different age ranges, from those who feel nostalgic to the younger generation who appreciated retro-styled silhouettes.

  • The Adidas Handball Top Mesh is injected with an EVA insert that is molded to the feet. This cushioning system is lightweight and comfortable to the feet.

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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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