Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Oyster Holdings Handball Top received tons of praises for its impeccable quality and well-built construction. Some added that this leather upper felt soft and supple.
  • Some loyal fans were delighted with the shoe's reissue and shared that it brought with it nostalgic memories from their younger years.
  • Its vintage, European styling was deemed to be very stylish and rare by many retro-loving sneaker enthusiasts.
  • A significant number of wearers recognized the superior comfort that the pair provides.
  • This new release's colorways were unique and trendy, according to most consumers' opinions.
  • Majority of the purchasers claimed that the kick fit true to size.
  • Its limited nature makes it more desirable and more precious than general release shoes, as expressed by a few buyers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A number of reviewers wished that the sneaker provided more support.
  • Some were frustrated with the restricted number of pairs that's available in the market.

Bottom line

The Adidas Oyster Holdings Handball Top has been brought back by the brand and this time in collaboration with the lifestyle brand called Oyster Holdings who bathed the rare classic with fun and trendy hues.

Just like its predecessor from the 80s, this release is much coveted, and its limited nature made demands higher. Armed with its established reputation, retro styling, premium quality, and upgraded aesthetic, consumers persisted on acquiring a pair for themselves despite the shoe's outdated tech.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Other
Collaboration: Oyster Holdings
Collection: Adidas Originals
Price: $130
Colorways: Blue, Yellow
Size
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The Adidas Oyster Holdings Handball Top is a unisex shoe that’s exclusively available in men’s sizes. The men can choose from sizes 7 to 13 while the ladies need to go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. Generally, this sneaker fits true to size.

Retaining the original's silhouette, the Adidas Oyster Holdings Handball Top exudes the same retro, old-school vibe it became known for in the 80s. Deemed as a timeless and classic shoe, it is still considered as stylish after decades since its release. Moreover, its fun, new, and trendy colorways enhanced its overall look and provided a head-turning update.

The kick's relaxed yet vibrant style would look its best when paired with a neutral-colored outfit to make the shoe the main focal point of your look. Or you could also go for a monochromatic pastel-themed top and bottom to perfectly complement with the sneaker's colors and rock a statement ensemble.

Equipped with the original's recognizable silhouette, the Oyster Holdings Handball Top exudes the same aesthetic appeal that its predecessor was famous for. Its leather upper with nubuck overlays is now bathed in pastel hues lending a fresh, new look to an Adidas heritage shoe while a semi-translucent rubber outsole finishes everything off nicely with its see-through effect.

Released in 1987, the Adidas Handball Top was considered the best footwear for playing handball during that time. Handball is a German sport often played indoors, and athletes in that era opt for the Handball Top to aid them in the fast-paced game. The shoe's outsole provided excellent friction while its upper kept the athlete's feet in place during quick lateral movements, making it a superior performance indoor shoe.

The shoe was released in insufficient amounts, and its breathtaking aesthetic didn't help either as even non-athletes wanted to own a pair. Its elusiveness made it more popular in the streets and among sneaker enthusiasts that is why when Adidas decided to reissue the model in 2017, it almost instantly sold out.

This re-release reintroduced the Handball Top to a whole new generation and sparked interest among brands. One of the brands that put their twist on the classic retro is L.A-based lifestyle brand called Oyster Holdings. The Adidas Oyster Holdings Handball Top was released as part of a Soring 2018 collection that includes two colorways for the Handball Top and another two for another retro shoe. The LA brand describes the collection as premium sportswear and footwear built for travel.

  • Perforation detailing is placed on the toe box and on both sides of the shoe.
  • It retails for $130.
  • This collaboration released two colorways for this sneaker: Easy Yellow/Ash Blue and Ash Blue/Chalk Coral.
  • The inner lining is made of leather.

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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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