Adidas Indoor Super History
The Indoor Super was initially released in the 80s by Adidas for the sport of squash, a highly popular racket-game then. It utilized nylon for the upper and reinforced with velour, featured a rounded toe box with perforations, and had a flexible rubber outsole that was specifically designed for indoor sports.
The Adidas Indoor Super enjoyed a hugely successful and long run, not only with fans of the racket game but also crossing boundaries into the fashion scene. The silhouette was considered a ‘must-have’ and wearing them with frayed jeans was marked as ‘cool.’ After years of enjoying prominence, the shoe was discontinued for a while before enjoying a brief reissue back in 2003 in limited numbers. The reissue kept most of the details of the original but instead utilized leather for the upper.
The shoe was released again in bigger numbers after that, much to the delight of fans of the shoe. It has also seen a few iterations since then. One of these is the Indoor Super Spezial launched as part of Adidas’ Autumn Winter 2016 collection. The Spezial edition was basically a retooling of the 2003 reissue to make the shoe’s toe box as flat and as close as possible to the OG, which the reissue had not achieved.
In 2017, a bevy of colorways and editions were introduced. One is August’s “London to Manchester” Pack which included a white and yellow version of the Indoor Super, said to represent above ground transport Manchester’s colors. It had a premium leather, nylon, and suede upper and silver accents on the heel tab and three branding stripes.
Another is September’s Busenitz edition. Adidas Skateboarding’s team rider, Dennis Busenitz, kept the colorway and gum sole of the OG but reworked it to have a pig suede upper, modified canvas tongue, and nylon overlays throughout. It was also tweaked to have a more stable and durable grip on a skateboard.
October also saw the release of a limited edition colorway of the shoe. This colorway featured a deep claret-colored upper and light blue tongue, heel tab, and stripes.