Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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Adidas Intack SPZL History
The Adidas Intack Spezial came about from one man’s initiative. Gary Aspden, the consultant for Adidas Spezial, is a die-hard fan and collector of the brand. He decided in 2013 to showcase the diversity of the Adidas brand through a shoe exhibit featuring vintage and deadstock models. This came to fruition after 8000 hours of painstakingly researching models, cataloging them, and designing the setup for the display.
The Adidas exhibit was held in East London and included around 650 pairs of Adidas shoes taken from Gary’s collection as well as borrowed from friends and other fellow collectors. This exhibit was a huge success and sparked the idea of putting together a new Adidas collection which would utilize vintage and rare shoes as the starting point of each design.
After receiving a tip that a little, obscure shop in Buenos Aires sold many vintage pairs, Gary and other Adidas enthusiasts went to Argentina to check it out. That shop owned by Carlos Ruiz turned out to be carrying thousands of pairs of vintage, hard-to-find Adidas shoes. The team took back dozens of pairs with them which they would later use as a reference for the soon-to-be-launched Spezial line.
In 2014, Adidas debuted their new Spezials collection. The initial release featured four models namely, the Boston Super, Touring, Hand-burg, and Topanga Spezials. The early part of 2015 saw the release of seven new models followed by another six different models in September. The latter release included the New York Spezial which had one version designed in honor of Carlos Ruiz’s immeasurable help with the entire Spezial collection. Dubbed the New York Spezial “Carlos,” it had his first name and image on the tongue and had a gold accent on the sole.
The 2016 Spezials followed the same path as the 2015 releases, with five new models dropping in the spring/summer season and another five during autumn and winter.
The Intack Spezial dropped in 2017 along with several other models. The Intack SPZL had a simple and sporty design reminiscent of the 70s and 80s shoes. It was inspired by an archived Adidas Gaucho model and features a natural leather upper and contrasting side stripes and heel element.
Adidas Intack SPZL Style
Casual style meets vintage retro in the Intack SPZL. Due to its casual flair, this shoe looks good when paired with joggers, chino pants and shorts, and jeans.
Fit & Sizing
The Intack SPZL is offered in men’s sizes that range from 7 to 13. Half sizes are available. The low top design offers good mobility with decent enough support and hold.
The Intack SPZL takes its cue from the underrated Gaucho classic in everything from dimension and specification, including the heel overlay. It only differed in the sole, inspired by the Adidas Bermuda, which had a thinner sole than the thick-soled Gaucho OG. It also features a Trefoil logo, heel patch, and faux leather stripes in a contrasting color.
- The shoe has a Spezial branded sock liner and a soft leather lining.