Summary

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9 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Originals x TFL Continental 80 series has hit a near-perfect average rating from over two hundred reviewers.
  • Nearly all users think it’s a well-executed collaboration between Adidas and Transport for London and like how the shoes represented London’s  underground transit.
  • That each shoe’s details, graphics, and colors are solely dedicated to a specific underground station has left a big crowd of shoppers flabbergasted.
  • These special-edition trainers are affordably priced and are highly recommended to everyone, especially to Londoners.
  • Many purchasers appreciate that the shoes came in a specially designed box.
  • The majority of wearers are charmed by its vintage ’80s trainer look, which has a stunning twist to it.
  • It delivers excellent comfort all day long, which has satisfied most of the testers.
  • Many reviewers find its overall quality astounding—well-made from the leather upper down to the rubber outsole.
  • More than a handful of customers feel proud of owning a couple of pairs from this series and planned on collecting the full range of colorways.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a couple of wearers feel that this sneaker slightly tight around the small toes.
  • According to several users, the tongue is a bit stiff and needs breaking in.

Bottom line

The Adidas Originals x TFL Continental 80 series has made London a sneaker hotspot in 2018. Paying tribute to London’s Underground lines, Adidas has put their names and colors on the iconic Continental 80 silhouette, subtly themed in its sidewall piping, lace tips, heel tabs, leather uppers, and insoles.

Though modern-looking, this collab sneaker retains the features which made the Continental 80 a classic—Trefoil, premium full-grain leather upper with its perforations, Ortholite insole, and EVA-cushioned midsole

Facts

Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collaboration: TFL
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Leather, Rubber Sole
Price: $90
Colorways: Beige, Black, Grey, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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These special Continental 80 trainers presented by Adidas Originals and TFL are available in men's sizing. Built as a low-top with a lace-up closure, this model does not hinder any ankle motion and lets the wearer get a locked-in custom fit. Both the collar and tongue area are also lightly padded to make each stride cozy and delightful.

The Continental 80’s heritage is primarily rooted in tennis but has since long evolved into an exciting sneaker. Its neat, vintage look made modern is a great match almost any outfit—be it casual or sporty. A pair of jeans, shorts, or track pants, topped off with a plain tee shirt and sweatshirt, accentuate the shoe's classy, straightforward style. One can also dress these Continental 80s up with jackets or hoodies.

Now Adidas, along with Transport for London, have broadened the Continental 80’s image by coming up with a brilliant, conceptual iteration: taking in the themes and color schemes of London’s Underground stations and incorporating them on the classic silhouette. Still retaining its heritage silhouette, the Adidas Originals x TFL Continental 80s comes in station-themed colorways and labels, which adds so much identity and history to the sneaker. 

The Adidas Originals x TFL Continental 80 is a more sophisticated design than its predecessors. The concept behind the sneaker’s detailing alone is noteworthy. A Roundel station sign heel is embossed on the heel tab and debossed on the insole. The Continental’s signature sidewall piping takes on the colors of the Underground line the shoe was representing.

The Three Stripes x TFL may be among the best collaborations in recent memory. The launching of the Adidas Originals x TFL Continental 80 series in the latter part of 2018 shook London’s underground. The collaboration is a tribute to London’s twelve Underground lines.

This capsule has six Continental 80 iterations, with each pair focusing on two Underground lines. The pack comprised of (1) Hammer Smith & City and Northern, (2) Jubilee and Piccadilly, (3) District and Elizabethan Line, (4) Circle and Metropolitan, (5) Bakerloo and Central, and (6) Victoria and Waterloo City.   

  • Aside from delivering comfort, the Ortholite insole also provides anti-bacterial and anti-moisture properties that help keep the foot clean, dry, and fresh.
  • The small perforations on the toe box and side walls make the shoe well-ventilated.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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