Adidas Koln Style
The Adidas Koln is a low-top sneaker inspired by the football 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.
Adidas Koln History
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.