Verdict from 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Timeless: Most reviewers love the overall classic style of Adidas Lotherton SPZL.
  • Cozy: Many users enjoy the comfortable strides they experience while wearing this kick.
  • Lightweight: A few have mentioned that this sneaker feels airy on the feet.
  • Stylish: Like most Adidas sneakers, this model has a style and colorway that are on point, according to many buyers.
  • Premium materials: Numerous users have vouched that this kick is constructed with high-quality stuff.
  • Affordable: Buyers can purchase this sneaker from the Adidas Spezial collection at a budget-friendly price range.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Hard to cop: A buyer complains that the Adidas Originals Lotherton Spezial is not readily available in the market.
  • Narrow: It feels cramped on the forefoot, a buyer shares.

Bottom line

Adidas Spezial delved into the Adidas' archives to launch another retro-looking sneaker dubbed as Adidas Lotherton SPZL. This model exudes a carefree and straightforward vibe that suits the casual fashion. 

Despite its budget-friendly price range, it boasts its premium construction and superb cozy feel. For wearers looking for a classic pair with a comfortable fit, the Lotherton SPZL is a nice sneaker choice.

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Adidas Lotherton SPZL: An archive-inspired sneaker

Adidas Originals launched the Lotherton SPZL in 2020, which took cues from the 70s Northern Soul movement in England. This retro-styled kick creates an unmistakable look because of its supple suede upper dipped in a beige hue. Meanwhile, its dark green heel and 3-Stripe branding on the sides, as well as its black midsole, create a clean finish and overall funky look.  

Adidas Lotherton SPZL vs other similar kicks

Adidas Spezial blended archived elements and new details to create a fresh new iteration - the Adidas Lotherton SPZL. This silhouette is considered the revamped version of Adidas Topanga and also bears an almost identical style with the Adidas Ardwick SPZL and Adidas Tobacco. 

Adidas Topanga. Released in 2014, this sneaker is considered a practical twin iteration of Lotherton SPZL. They only differ in a couple of details. This model used suede on its serrated 3-Stripe branding, unlike the Lotherton SPZL that has velvety material. Also, Topanga has thicker foxing, creating an illusion of chunkier profile as compared to the Lotherton SPZL.

Adidas Tobacco. Inspired by the Adidas Gazelle and Adidas Samba, the Adidas Tobacco was initially launched in 1978 as training footwear. While this pair looks virtually the same as the Lotherton SPZL, looking closer, it has perforations along with the serrated 3-Stripe branding and a plain toe-overlay for distinction. 

Adidas Ardwick SPZL. This greenish sneaker was named after a park found at the suburb of Manchester. It was unveiled in collaboration with Nigel Lawson of Oi Pollio. Unlike the Lotherton SPZL, this kick features hairy green suede on its upper secured by green laces and lined with green leather material.


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