Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Nizza RF is friendly to one’s budget.
  • It has the classic look of simplicity and subtleness, which most shoppers like.
  • A few old-time users appreciated this refined take on the traditional Nizza.
  • Several testers attested to its great level of comfort.
  • A few wide-footed persons liked that the Nizza RF fit them rather nicely.
  • The model’s white version doesn’t look like a typical white shoe, a reviewer remarked.
  • At least one customer tagged this to be a perfect summer shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A small handful felt that the Nizza RF tends to run slightly large.
  • The seams at the collar rub against the ankles, causing blisters, as reported by some customers.
  • One user complained that the white paint on the metallic eyelets peeled off after wearing the shoe twice.
  • It is only available in two colorways.

Bottom line

Adidas Originals once again introduced another ’80s-B-ball-inspired low-top pair, the Nizza RF. It’s a contemporary makeover of the original Nizza, reissued last 2017. Adidas have refined and reworked the Nizza’s vintage design to suit the modern times, giving it a fresher, more sophisticated silhouette.

Now sleeker, two-toned, with lower profile and subtler detailing and branding, the Nizza RF retains a sturdy, breathable canvas upper. Of course, its signature toe bumper is always there to point the way. Priced at $80, the Nizza RF from Adidas is a wise, classy choice.

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Good to know

The Adidas men’s Nizza RF Lo is available in sizes ranging from 4 to 14. Its low-top built lets the ankles have maximum mobility so they can adapt to sudden and unexpected foot transitions. Also, the pull tab is stitched at the heel area to give the wearer a smoother, quicker time putting the shoe on and off. Lastly, the Nizza RF is equipped with a lace-up closure to lock in the foot secure while providing a personalized fit.

Made more minimalistic in terms of detailing and coloring, this Nizza iteration exudes a cleaner, more mature attitude than its predecessor. Its canvas upper is as plain, clean, and monochromatic as its sole. It’s a simple, classy sneaker made even simpler and classier.

It’s a great match to many outfits—be it sporty, casual, or, daresay, semi-formal. Tracksuits, sweatpants, joggers, jeans, tees, polos, flannel all go well with the refined Nizza. This model is available in a pair of no-fuss colorways: Collegiate Navy/Cloud White/Crystal White and Clear Brown/Clear Brown/Off White.

Its original blueprint was born of the mid-1970s B-ball era. However classy, the Nizza RF is a retro basketball shoe at heart. As such, the shoe has a vulcanized cupsole construction, which makes it durable and flexible, and a rubber toe bumper that withstands repetitive stop-and-go motion that happens in basketball.

The Nizza is the Adidas’s response to Converse's All-Star. It was available in both high and low-top construction, and it hit the basketball courts of the mid-1970s. For a design that is almost fifty years old, the Nizza silhouette has proven it has aged well, as the Three Stripes reissued the two Nizzas in their original colors and material in 2017. More importantly, the Nizza is among Adidas’s “100 Best Sneakers of All Time.” Today the Nizza comes in a variety of colorways.

That said, it’s just right to explore the potentials of Nizza’s design and to let it evolve. That is what Adidas just did in the Nizza RF release, an iteration veering toward minimalism and maturity.  

  • This Nizza RF features an Ortholite sock liner, which provides comfort as well as anti-bacterial and anti-moisture properties to give the feet a cool, dry, and clean environment.
  • Adidas Trefoil brand is seen on the outsole, heel, tongue, and insole.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.