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Slim and sleek, this shoe usually fits tight and narrow feet. With the right size, wearers can enjoy the premium comfort this sneaker is capable of providing. Made with breathable mesh, count on this shoe to keep your feet cool and dry even in scorching heat. The Adidas Loop Racer is a unisex model that is available in men’s sizes 4-14.

Flaunting a contemporary silhouette, expect this shoe to receive a lot of compliments. Although created for the streets, Adidas lifestyle shoes like this, lightweight, durable as well as comfortable, also doubles up as a trainer. It rocks well with sporty and casual clothes including jeans, joggers and shorts.

The Loop Racer is popular for its signature loop lacing system that comes with rope laces. Depending on the colorway, the loop is either outfitted in two-split colors or in the form of webbing three-stripes. The sculpted EVA midsole is also a head turner. Lightweight and well-cushioned, count on this to provide enhanced comfort underfoot.

This sneaker’s troubled history dates back to the year 1972. In preparation for the Olympics in Munich, German brand Adidas saw it fit to develop a running shoe. Made of breathable nylon mesh and suede, the runner, recognized for its textured tongue and distinct traction tread outsole, was also lightweight. Super light, it was dubbed as the Adidas SL 72.

In the 1980’s, this runner turned into a sought-after fashion piece and gained a cult following courtesy of Adidas' Heritage sneakers collection. The SL 72’s fame, unfortunately, was short-lived.

Fast forward to the year 2012, people behind the brand thought it was a good time for this model to relive its glory days. Re-released in its original form and with the classic gum sole, the shoe looked even better dressed in vibrant royal red.

Two years after, Adidas, impressed with the SL 72’s aesthetics, adopted elements of its design to create the SL Loop Runner. Launched in June 2014, it was offered in four color schemes namely solar green, frost mint, solar red and onyx. Still lightweight, the shoe donned a T-toe cap, a concave midsole and razor-edged three stripes, that also serves as the shoe’s eyestay.  

March 2015, this runner underwent another transformation. Making a reappearance in the form of a racer, the new version was called the Adidas SL Loop Racer. In this iteration, the serrated eyestay was replaced with a unique loop-lace construction. The T-toe cap was also removed to give it a more streamlined look. Soon after, other editions debuted, the Adidas Loop Racer included.

Entering the scene under the radar, not many know about its release. Looking almost identical to its predecessor, this shoe’s design is only distinguished by the absence of the “SL Loop” callout on the heel. Considering the lack of publicity, it’s impressive how this shoe managed to make its mark in the market.

  • The unique fastening system helps wearers adjust the shoe’s fit.
  • The Loop Racer’s interior is lined with mesh for better in-shoe feel.
  • Its durable rubber outsole offers reliable grip and traction.
  • On/off is made easy with the heel and tongue pull tabs.
  • For branding, the iconic “Trefoil” logo is engraved on the front sole which also serves as a toe bumper. “Adidas” callout is also displayed on the tongue pull tab.
  • The latest version of the Loop Racer gets a slightly softer mesh for better form-fitting fit.
  • The refined upper gives the shoe an even more comfortable wear.


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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.