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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $130
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Fit & Sizing

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.

Adidas Oyster Holdings Handball Top Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Adidas Oyster Holdings Handball Top History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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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