Verdict from 19 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A large number of impressed reviewers say that they highly recommend the Adidas Koln.
  • The suede material on this re-issue is of fantastic quality, some reviewers state.
  • This shoe fits true to size both in length and width, according to most reviewers.
  • Many applaud the intricate detailing in this version of the classic Koln shoe.
  • The color of this shoe impresses lots of buyers. 
  • Some think that the Koln colorway is one of the coolest in the Adidas European City Series.
  • A few reviewers say that the Ortholite insole is a great added feature as it makes the shoe even more comfortable.
  • This Adidas low-top sneaker looks great not only in the photos but also on foot, according to some pleased reviewers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers report that they had difficulties acquiring a pair since this immediately sold out in other retail shops.
  • The gum outsole is a bit stiff, according to a few.

Bottom line

One of the most anticipated releases in 2017 from Adidas Originals is the reissue of the '70s football-inspired low-top sneakers, the Adidas Koln. It flaunts a premium suede upper and a gum rubber sole. 

Reviewers noted its outstanding quality, superb attention to detail, and exceptional comfort. The Koln also comes with a reasonable price tag, great fit, and classic façade that makes it worthy of a spot in anyone's shoe collection.

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Good to know

The Adidas Koln is available in men’s sizing. Like other shoes in the Adidas European City Series, it boasts a low-top profile that allows flexible foot movement with ample hold and support. A lace-up closure gives a customizable and secure fit. There is also an extra tab on the tongue that helps in keeping it from sliding to the sides.

The Adidas Koln is a low-top sneaker inspired by the soccer fandom tradition in the city of Cologne in Germany. Like the other shoes in the Adidas European City Series, this classic silhouette features a slim profile and minimalist and spot-on design. As classic as it gets, the upper boasts premium suede material with leather accents in the form of signature Three Stripes and heel tab in contrasting white color. Ideal for both men and women, one could wear it with shorts, casual pants, or slim jeans for a relaxed day out or casual gatherings.

Bearing a similar façade as other classic silhouettes from the Three Stripes with the likes of Samba, Gazelle, or Handball, the Adidas Koln took its identity through its core blue upper in premium suede material accented with serrated Three Stripes and heel tab in contrasting white leather. Adding to this is the ever classic-looking slim gum rubber outsole for traction. What seals the deal, however, is the Koln” text branding on the side walls in gold foil.

The Adidas European City Series, one of the brand’s most iconic series ever produced, is comprised of 24 shoe models produced initially in the late 1970’s until 1984. To date, the series makes its presence known to the younger generation through several collaborations with shoe retailers, and re-issues of classic models one after another.

Each shoe in the series mimics the arts, culture, and traditions of the city it represents. Some took inspiration from the flags of the countries or sceneries in the cities. Some of the popular classic Three Stripes in the series include the Adidas Berlin, the Adidas London, the Adidas Milano, the Adidas Dublin, the Adidas Kopenhagen, and the Adidas Koln.

The Adidas Koln shoes were produced from 1979 until 1984. It was first manufactured in Romania, and succeeding productions and re-releases in 1980 onwards came from Yugoslavia. The Adidas Koln finally returned to the market in November 2017, just in time with the Cologne Carnival - a long time tradition in the city of Cologne in Germany, which is being held annually commencing every 11:11 on November 11.

The Adidas Koln 2017 reissue is described as same but different” to its 1979 original version. It features a classic and slim gum rubber outsole, premium suede upper in blue, leather Three Stripes branding on the side walls, leather heel tab, and tonal laces.

  • The Adidas Koln features a lawn tennis tread pattern on the outsole.
  • The insole is foam padded for in-shoe comfort.
  • Unlike typical Adidas sneakers, the Adidas Koln lacks Trefoil branding on the tongue and the heel tab.
  • Many purchasers have noticed the similarities between the Koln and another shoe model in the Adidas European City Series, the Berlin. Both have similar features, except the colorways. While the Koln executes a soft blue and white colors (Core Blue, Footwear White/Gum), the Berlin on the other hand sports a two-tone blue colorway, primarily in a much darker shade of blue (Dark Marine/Clear Sky/Trace Blue). The Adidas Berlin reissue was released a few months after the Koln.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.