Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $110
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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 brings 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 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.

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