Who should buy Adidas Los Angeles

Adidas Los Angeles is low top training-inspired sneaker ideal choice if you need:

  • minimal construction sneaker with great stability and support
  • lightweight profile sneaker profile for comfortable casual wearing without sacrificing style

Adidas Los Angeles logo

Customizable fit of Adidas LA

Its flat laces come with a traditional lace-up fastening with extra tongue tab for a snug and customizable fit.

Adidas Los Angeles front

Lightweight feeling and free movement

The entire upper is made of a mesh material which gives not only a comfortable, lightweight, and breathable fit, but also plenty of movement and a sock-like feel.

The compression-molded soft EVA midsole offers a comfortable feel on the feet through lightweight cushioning.

Adidas Los Angeles lacing

Minimal upper construction

What stands out, however, is the minimal upper construction that comes in either mesh, knit, or textile material with signature Three Stripes reinforcements on the side walls. 

Adidas Los Angeles collar

Traction and durability

The Continental rubber outsole features exaggerated deep lugs for greater traction and durability.

Adidas Los Angeles sole

History of Adidas Los Angeles

In commemoration of the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, California, the giant sportswear brand Adidas introduced a training shoe named after the host city – the Adidas LA Trainer. Equipped with a retro look and performance-ready technologies, this low-top, performance-based sneaker quickly gained an icon status in the footwear industry.

Adidas Los Angeles back

The Adidas LA Trainer is the first Three Stripes shoe to feature the Vario Shock Absorption technology, a technology utilizing three removable heel pegs on a shoe that allow customized cushioning. The nylon upper is for breathability, while the poly air unit midsole is for a lightweight and flexible feel. These features reflect what the designers had in mind when creating the shoe – a shoe designed for athletes with function over style.

Adidas Los Angeles pair

In May 2015, Adidas reintroduced the Adidas LA Trainer simply as the Adidas Los Angeles or the Adidas Originals Los Angeles. Some features of the LA Trainer were stripped off like the iconic heel pegs to suit a classic-yet-modern look of a casual shoe with style and comfort still in mind. The serrated Three Stripes on the side walls from the original LA Trainer turned into straightforward synthetic reinforcements with reflective features in the Los Angeles shoe. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Training
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Continental
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA, Nylon, OrthoLite / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.