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.

Collaboration

Good to know

A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

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.

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

9 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers find the Adidas McCarten SPZL very comfortable.
  • It fits true to size, according to a few wearers.
  • Several purchasers said that the shoe is very stylish.
  • A few liked the fact that the design is unique and uncommon.
  • The Adidas McCarten SPZL is good value for money, based on a few buyers’ opinions.
  • Some shoe users mentioned that the pair is versatile and could be dressed in both casual and smart clothes.
  • A good number of buyers find the shoe’s materials and craftsmanship to be of excellent quality.
  • One reviewer noticed that the shoe has great attention to detail.
  • A handful of retro-loving sneaker fans loved the Adidas McCarten SPZL’s old-school inspired aesthetic.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of purchasers disclosed that the shoe runs a bit smaller than their usual size.
  • One consumer finds it to be a bit pricey.

Bottom line

Equipped with the stylish looks of a moccasin and the comfort of a sneaker, the Adidas McCarten SPZL is one of the most sought-after pairs in the brand’s Spezial Collection. Its vintage design that is somehow adapted into a modern shoe is what makes it a must-have for most consumers. With its smart looks, the shoe can be worn casually or for business meetings and semi-formal gatherings.

Although some have found the pair to be pricey, its versatility, stylishly classic design, and comfort could well be worth the price.


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Adidas McCarten SPZL History

The McCarten SPZL is a part of the Adidas Originals Spezial line’s second collection. Adidas Spezial is the brainchild of long-time Adidas collaborator Gary Aspden. According to Aspden, he wanted to create a range that is the antithesis of hype and something that would rather sit outside today’s footwear bandwagon. He also added that his inspiration behind the Spezial line is the culture and things he saw growing up.

Adidas Spezial's vision is to reimagine classics and celebrate a moment in time when youth and hip-hop cultures adapted sportswear. The line was first introduced in early 2017 under Adidas Originals.

The Adidas McCarten SPZL was released as part of the line’s Fall/Winter 2017 Collection. According to its designer, Gary Aspden, it is a successor of the Adidas Albrecht SPZL. The shoe’s name was derived from Aspden’s good friend and avid Adidas collector Bobby McCarten. Moreover, it was McCarten’s offhand and obscure shoe collection that was used as the muse for the Spezial F/W ’17 Collection.

The Adidas McCarten SPZL stays true to its retro roots with its dashing brown leather finish and classic appeal.

Adidas McCarten SPZL Style

The Adidas McCarten SPZL exudes a timeless casual dapperness that offers something unique to today’s sneaker community. Its smart-looking design can be dressed up in chinos and polo shirt for semi-formal occasions or could be paired in jeans and a shirt on casual days.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas McCarten SPZL is available in men’s sizes only. The gentlemen can choose from sizes 4 to 12.5. It generally runs true to size, but some have reported that it could be smaller than the normal size. Fitting the pair in person is recommended.

Notable Features

This 70s inspired leisure shoe is crafted from leather for that stylishly classy look. It features a traditional lace-up closure to keep your feet snug and in place. The shoe has a soft leather lining and padded sockliner for in-step comfort and cushioning.

Additional Info

  • The shoe is available in D – Medium width.
  • It is part of the “Freizeit” range, which means leisure time in German.
  • The Adidas McCarten SPZL has a hidden three-stripe logo placed on the shoe’s lateral side near the eye stay.