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Being one of the pioneers of the athletic footwear industry, Adidas has crafted various types of footwear to deliver the needs of its consumers. Throughout the years, the company released iconic silhouettes that are still currently relevant. More so, the trend of vintage-styled profiles reigning supreme on the sneaker market paved the way for Adidas to look into its Three Stripes archive.

Dubbed by most sneakerheads as the "Golden Era," the 90s, including the 80s, are momentous in the community as it was the period where different silhouettes spurted, and technologies were explored. One of the releases of Adidas, a 90s women sneakers, became the inspiration of the Quesence. Although the re-release of this vintage running-inspired shoe is now a unisex sneaker and its materials boast updates and refinements, it carries the same vibe as its original.

Aside from the apparel trends that are drawing much from the 90s, Adidas complements the current style by re-releasing a throwback running shoe. Aside from its low-top vintage profile, the Quesence features a suede and mesh upper with standout reflective Three Stripes. It comes in carefully selected colorways that are not all neutral. All of which are suited for the fashion-savvy and the more conservative dresser.

Versatility is one of the characteristics used to describe these. Not only is it suited for a broad spectrum of age range, but it also matches various outfits of different seasons. Casual outfits like jeans, shorts, dresses, and skirts flawlessly match these.

Initially a women's sneaker, these sneakers became reincarnated as a unisex shoe offered in men's sizes measuring from 4-12. For women, the brand recommends choosing one size down the usual. The mesh and suede upper sported on the Adidas Quesence makes a great combination by conforming to the shape of the feet but still allowing a breathable feel and adjustable fit.

These generally fit true to size. However, those who are not used to the snug fit can attain the roomier toe box by getting a size larger than usual.

Even though the Adidas Quesence has a name that puzzles most sneaker fans, it is apparent in its components that the brand spent more time crafting the shoe than thinking of its name. Staying true to its vintage profile, the sneaker features materials that are distressed like its suede upper. The wedged EVA midsole and TPU heel clip are some of its features that are attributed to its running heritage. Users looking for premium materials and technologies can take a pass on this as the Adidas Quesence stays consistent with its throwback vibe.

  • The Adidas Quesence comes in four colors-- Navy, Maroon, Dark Gray, and Light Gray, the OG colorway.
  • These sneakers were released on December 15, 2017, at $130. Other colorways followed by early 2018.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.