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Overview of this review
Size and fit
The low-top Adidas München is true to size and obtainable in men’s sizes stretching from 4.5 to 13.5 US. Its lace-up front allows users to customize the fit of this shoe to their desired tightness. The sole cradles the entire upper and cushions the feet with its cupsole feature.
Adidas Munchen Style
The Adidas München, a former low-top vintage sports sneaker, gets a modern makeover which makes it a streetwear staple for its stylish and timeless silhouette. This classic iconic sneaker, which resembles the Adidas Gazelle and earlier models under the City Series, has supple pigskin nubuck upper matched with a trademark jagged Adidas branding on the mid panels.
Some of the modern stylings made to this classic footwear have T-shaped toe tip in traditional solid tones. The tongue remains thin, either made of suede or textured leather. Adding an authentic retro hint to this sneaker is a metallic gold “München ” callout on the side panels. This updated low-top Adidas München can be paired with a vast range of casual wear as its overall look is ageless.
Adidas Originals resurrects its timeless vintage models with modern retooling, giving new vigor to the likes of Adidas München. The low-top München has a predominantly pigskin nubuck upper paired with faux leather detailing on the heel cap and toothed Adidas branding in some variations. Adding a stamp of excellence to this versatile all-year-round lifestyle sneaker is the use of smooth, synthetic leather in its lining.
Adidas Munchen History
Since the 1970s, Adidas has been dropping multi-purpose retro-styled training shoes for indoor and outdoor games, for running and everyday use. These sneakers resemble the silhouette of the Adidas Gazelle and called after famous city names, which is why these shoes fall under a collection coined as the Adidas City Series.
Varying in small details, these Adidas City Series are available in a wide range of old-school styles and unique, retro colorways that grew in number over the years. One shoe which sprung from the European city series is the Adidas München.
Like other classics under such collection, the name of this shoe is derived from Münich, considered the third principal city in Germany and capital of Bavaria.
This model was launched in 1979 and was initially manufactured as an indoor training shoe. Soon enough it became famous for its adaptability to everyday casuals that it was billed as an all-year-round sneaker.
What makes the low-top Adidas München predominantly distinctive is the use of mesh in its rear portion which blends well with the suede material from the midfoot to the front. Aside from this, the München has a thick midsole that resembles the base of the 1977 Adidas Trimm Trab. It also replaced the T-shaped suede toe overlay with simple suede upper.
From the time the München was dropped, it immediately earned a cult of following mainly in the German communities. However, in spite of its popularity, this sneaker was taken off the shelves between 1984 and 1985 for reasons which are unknown until this day.
The clamor for the return of the München was taken into account by this Germany-based brand. To the surprise of sneakerheads, collectors, and vintage shoe aficionados, they were treated to the well-anticipated comeback of the München in 2016.
This modified version displays its original features using premium quality suede material and leather accents on the heel tab and on the Three-Stripe branding on the side panels. This refashioned model came in varying styles. The initial drop has a thick sole property that resembles the white midsole of the Trimm Trab until eventually several variations were introduced showcasing a durable gum rubber on its sole.
Adding a little sizzle to the München is a limited edition release unveiled in September 2017, in time for the annual beer season in the Munich calendar. Branded as the Adidas München Oktoberfest Made in Germany, this so-called “Beer Proof Sneaker” has an amazing leather cover that can repel liquids, making it a liquor- and vomit-resistant shoe. Inspired by traditional lederhosen or traditional Bavarian leather pants in knee length, its dark upper is made with premium coating branded as DPBR, short for “durable, puke and beer repellant.”
Other fine detailing on the Adidas München Oktoberfest are intricate embroidery on the heel cap, red-white checkered cloth lining, and speckled folk style laces. Its lateral side panel has a gold “Prost” callout which meant “cheers” in English. The Adidas München Oktoberfest has as Trimm Trab-inspired midsole done in white; jagged Three-Stripes side panel labeling; and a thin leather tongue that resembles early City Series vintage models.
Adding flavor to this model is a free one-liter beer mug that allows users to get merry even way past the Oktoberfest season, without the fear of getting their shoes soiled with beer.
Nice to know
- The classic low-top Adidas München made its return in 2016 as part of the Autumn-Winter collection of Adidas.
- The bottom side of this shoe towards the rear part has Trefoil logos in herringbone (or fishbone-like) pattern which helps improve the shoe’s stability.
- The circular pattern on the outsole located at the outer ball of the foot, known as a pivot point, allows users to twist and turn with ease, while the tread pattern around it offers grip that prevents the foot from slipping easily.
- Some of the shoes under the Adidas City Series are the Hamburg Kopenhagen, Brussels, Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris, London, Athen, Bern, Riviera, Saratoga, Bali, Belfast, Koln.
- The outsole varies depending on the colorway. Some are even water-resistant