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This men’s sneaker is built to fit like a slipper with its cushioned insole, leather/textile lining and foldable heel counter. Able to accommodate narrow to slightly wide feet, this shoe’s leather upper with perforations on the toe box are also expected to provide ample support while offering sufficient ventilation.
The low-top Adidas Montreal 76 is capable of bringing you back to the past with its old-school vibe. Its vintage look, though, remains stylish to date. Visually appealing with its black tone or navy hue, this versatile sneaker looks decent paired with everyday bottoms and tops like denim, joggers and shorts as well as tees and polo shirts.
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.
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 sneakers even more comfortable for competing athletes to wear after an intense game of soccer 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.
- Before the release of the familiar Montreal 76 sneaker, two other Montreal models were produced. The first one, which had a blue upper and green "Three-stripes," was introduced in the year 1975. A yellow with blue stripes edition surfaced in 1976. Both had thin gum soles.
- Its white rubber outsole supplies ample traction.
- Lace-up closure with flat tonal laces aid in improving the shoe’s fit.
- Its look is completed with the addition of the serrated “Three-stripes” on the sides and the “Trefoil” logo on the heel tab.