Aside from its attention-grabbing cork-style, chunky, brown midsole, this sneaker is also distinguished from others with the addition of the gold “Montreal 76” branding on the lateral side. The tongue tab with an “Adidas” callout, though, in this release is much simpler compared to previous editions.
Adidas Montreal 76 History
Back in the year 1976, the most-anticipated Olympic games were held in Montreal. German brand Adidas saw it fit to create an all-purpose sneaker for the athletes. Appropriately called the Montreal 76, it borrowed many of its design elements from the 1972 Munich games’ official Adidas shoe.
Instead of focusing on performance, they emphasized on comfort by making a post-football game sneaker clad in navy blue and constructed with a distinct, oversized midsole that extended up to the heel tab. This odd-looking feature served a purpose.
Made of flexible rubber, the heel folded without effort turning the shoe into a slip on. This made the sneaker even more comfortable for competing athletes to wear after an intense game of football that required wearing leather cleats.
Decades have passed and the brand came up with different variations of this shoe. In 1982, a Montreal 76 with a D-ring lacing system appeared while the 1992 version debuted without the renowned heel support.
The last time this shoe appeared on the racks was in 2011. Revamped to be a part of David Beckham’s ObyO line, the sneaker was dressed in a collegiate blue hue and was filled with perforations on the tongue and the toe box. In the year 2017, though, the brand decided to remain loyal to the original Adidas Montreal 76 design.
Making another entry on December 13, 2017, the 2017 rendition kept its predecessor’s perforated toe box, collapsible heel cap, and brown foxing tape. Sold at $100, loyal fans of the Montreal 76 since its inception were filled with excitement. Others, though, found its sole unconventional. This unusual feature, however, also made this shoe stand out from other retro Adidas kicks.