Verdict from 56 user reviews

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 reason 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. If there’s ever a shoe that’s hard to forget, this would be it. There isn’t much of a downside to the shoe, and indeed all but one of the reviewers were all praises for it. The one and only complaint? A less-than-flexible tongue.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

The shoe was largely inspired by the Adidas AS 700 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. 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.

  • 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.

Rankings

How Adidas Mallison SPZL ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 9% sneakers
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Top 11% Adidas sneakers
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Top 8% low sneakers
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Popularity

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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.