Facts

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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

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The overall quality of the Adidas Mallison SPZL received the most positive feedback from users who say that the shoe is well-made and “built to the highest standard.”
  • Many reviewers commended the shoe as being “unbelievably comfy.” Several of them said they would be recommending the shoe to their friends and family as well.
  • A significant number of people found the shoe eye-catchingly stylish and noted how many people complimented them on their shoes. They described the shoe as “beautiful,” “classy-looking,” and “an absolute cracking pair of trainers.”
  • The Adidas Mallison SPZL fits true to size, according to several testers.
  • The shoe’s color got a few mentions from consumers who said they liked the color scheme. One of them noted that the grey colorway seems to go with most outfits.
  • Some customers stated that the shoe gave fantastic value for money.
  • The shoe feels lightweight and is perfect as a go-to shoe for summer, two reviewers wrote.
  • The shoe is versatile and can be worn to work and for going out during the weekends, one person commented.

1 reasons not to buy

  • According to a few people, the Adidas Mallison SPZL’s tongue is made of a material that is not as good as the rest of the They described it as “slightly crinkly” and said that the tongue would have been better if it was more supple.

Bottom line

Undeniable top-notch quality and supreme comfort combine to produce the Mallison SPZL. The shoe’s elegant design and striking color combination only add to its appeal. There isn’t much of a downside to the shoe according to reviews except perhaps for the less than flexible tongue.


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Adidas Mallison SPZL History

The force behind the Adidas SPZL line is Gary Aspden, a keen collector of Adidas footwear. The idea behind the collection arose from Gary’s initiative of showcasing Adidas’ rich shoe history through an East London exhibition that would feature rare and vintage models. This 2013 exhibit turned out to be a huge success and spurred the creation of a brand new line based on the silhouettes and other details of heritage shoes.

The first shoes from the Spezial collection came out in 2014, featuring four different models. 2015 saw a bigger crop of new silhouettes amounting to a total of 13, 2016 had 10, and in 2017’s Spring Summer release, the Mallison SPZL came out along with several others as part of two waves.

The Adidas Mallison SPZL was largely inspired by the Adidas AS 700 (the AS here is just an abbreviation of Adidas) which was mostly released in the Japanese market and in some parts of Europe in the 80s. The original shoes were either manufactured in Yugoslavia or Austria and featured the same sole as the Gazelle Indoors but with more striking color combinations.

The Mallison SPZL’s name was given as a tribute to Airdrie fundraiser, Mark Allison, and his incredible efforts in raising money for the Pancreatic Society of Scotland and awareness of the disease. Adidas borrowed classic details from the AS 700 but slightly modified the shape, updated it with a new colorway, and added an embossed pattern on the shoe’s tongue.

Adidas Mallison SPZL Style

The Mallison SPZL is a versatile low top that would be effortless to match with your casual or semi-casual outfits. Pair it up with shorts or jeans and a simple tee for a lazy weekend afternoon or dress it up with slim indigo jeans or chinos with an Oxford long-sleeved shirt for a smarter ensemble.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Mallison SPZL is available in men’s sizes which range from 5 to 13. The fit is generally true to size for most users based on a number of reviews.

Notable Features

The Adidas Mallison SPZL may not have any of the current Adidas technologies like most of their new releases, but this classic silhouette more than makes up for it with its premium materials and the masterly way it is made. The solid and high-quality make of the shoe combined with the arresting color schemes make this shoe a standout.

Additional Info

  • The shoe features a soft suede upper, molded tongue, and leather lining.
  • The outsole has a Trefoil tread pattern.
  • Stripes, heel tab, and sole in contrasting color to the upper’s hue.