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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.

Good to know

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.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

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.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers used the word ‘comfortable’ when describing their experience wearing the Adidas Lacombe SPZL. They said the shoe was comfortable from the first wear.
  • Many found the quality of the materials top-notch especially the leather. They reported that the leather used is incredibly soft and obviously premium.
  • A significant number of users declared that they thought of the shoe as their favorite of all their Adidas trainers. Of those people, a couple of individuals were considering buying a second pair.
  • Several buyers commended the classic non-ostentatious design of the Lacombe SPZL. They said it looked magnificent on the foot and the minimalist style makes for a great-looking trainer.
  • The color is just right, noted a purchaser. He stated that the pictures don’t do the shoe justice.
  • The shoe has a great toe cap, one purchaser wrote. He said that combined with the premium materials, the toe cap rounded the shoe off perfectly for him.
  • The shoe is lightweight, according to one customer, which made the Adidas Lacombe SPZL his everyday go-to footwear.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe runs a bit large, according to several purchasers. They said they needed to go down a half size lower than their standard Adidas size.

Bottom line

The Lacombe SPZL is a perfect example of an SPZL model with the collection's characteristic premium material and comfortable feel. The streamlined, minimalistic look coupled with the lightweight feel makes for an ideal everyday shoe that would not be hard to pair with any outfit. The shoe runs a bit large, typical of 70’s-inspired retro shoes but is easily remedied by going a half size or so lower.



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Adidas Lacombe SPZL History

The Lacombe SPZL is a part of the Adidas Spezial line, an archive-inspired collection that takes heritage Adidas silhouettes and reworks them into a more contemporary design using premium and technologically-advanced materials. The Spezial collection is headed by avid Adidas shoe collector, Gary Aspden who was inspired to put together a new line of Adidas shoes using rare shoes as the starting point. The first models from the line’s collection came out in 2014.

The Adidas Lacombe SPZL is named after the maiden name of a Spezial team member’s mother. It

debuted as part of Adidas’ Spring Summer 2016 collection and is a hybrid shoe that is mainly based on the Adidas Newcombe, a tennis shoe, which in turn, was named after John Newcombe, winner of multiple Wimbledon titles, Australian Opens, and U.S. championships. The Newcombe debuted in the early 70s and featured a rare and unique toe stitching, the Newcomb name across the tongue, and a heel patch in color. 

The Lacombe’s upper also takes from the Rod Laver vintage while the sole is a slimmer and narrower version of the Adidas Tobacco. The shoe had a definite refined look and an unmistakable French flair.

Adidas Lacombe SPZL Style

The low-profile look of the Lacombe is a great match with tapered sweats, combat shorts, and skinny jeans. It has such an easygoing style that pairing it up with any casual outfit in your closet would be effortless. The shoe would also look good with slim chinos and a smart polo for a more fashionable ensemble.

Fit & Sizing

This low top trainer is available in men’s sizes which range from 4 to 12.5. The shoe has a larger than normal fit according to many reviewers so going down at least half a size might be ideal for you.

Notable Features

The Lacombe SPZL’s sophisticated silhouette is a definite eye catcher however its most notable feature is the choice materials used in its production, notably the premium full soft leather which graces the shoe’s upper.

Additional Info

  • The Lacombe SPZL has a soft leather lining with the numbers “350” printed on it in reference to the OG shoe.
  • The shoe’s heel and tongue have a contrasting color to the shoe’s main body.
  • A gold Spezial branding can be seen on the tongue.
  • The outsole is made of vulcanized rubber.
  • The shoe features a perforated stripe branding on the side, flat laces, and a dark gum outsole.
  • Comes with a Spezial leather hang tag.