Verdict from 69 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers use the word ‘comfortable’ when describing their experience wearing the Adidas Lacombe SPZL. 
  • Many have found the quality of the materials to be top-notch especially the leather, which they say is incredibly soft and obviously premium.
  • A significant number of users have declared that they think of the shoe as their favorite of all their Adidas trainers. 
  • A couple of individuals are considering buying a second pair.
  • Several buyers have commended the classic non-ostentatious design of the Lacombe SPZL sneaker. 
  • The color is just perfect and the pictures don’t do the shoe justice, a user has noted.
  • The shoe is lightweight, according to one customer, which made the Adidas Lacombe SPZL his everyday go-to footwear.

1 reason not to buy

  • The shoe by the Adidas brand is a limited edition model and hard to find, some people have complained.

Bottom line

The Lacombe SPZL is a perfect example of an SPZL model because it has the Spezial collection's characteristic premium material and comfortable feel. The streamlined, minimalist look coupled with the lightweight feel makes for the ideal everyday shoe. It’s also a big plus that the sneaker is not hard to pair with any outfit.

The shoe’s only drawback is that it’s so difficult to find. It also says a lot about the sneaker that it’s almost always sold out.

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Good to know

This low-top trainer from Adidas is a much-valued shoe for any SPZL collector. It has a tennis heritage style that is evident in the streamlined and low profile build that allows room for fast twists and turns. A simple lace-up closure locks the feet down securely.

The leather upper of the Lacombe SPZL, although extremely soft and supple, provides enough support for the medial and lateral sides of the feet. The perforation details in the form of the Three Stripe branding bring ample ventilation.

The Adidas Lacombe SPZL sneaker looks magnificent on the foot and the minimalist style makes for a great-looking trainer.

The low-profile construction 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.

The SPZL tag on any shoe already makes it notable. This is because an SPZL shoe will always feature premium materials in its construction. However, the sophisticated silhouette of the Lacombe SPZL makes it extra special. Its simplicity is its greatest asset, and somehow, that makes it even more beautiful and interesting. Never mind that the shoe doesn’t feature any tech. It doesn’t need it.

The Lacombe SPZL is a part of the Adidas Spezial line, an archive-inspired collection. This line 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 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. The Lacombe 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 has a definite refined look and unmistakable French flair.

  • The Lacombe SPZL has a soft leather lining with the number “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 hangtag.


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