Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers highly appreciate the vintage-inspired style of the Adidas Quesence because not only is it on-trend, it also brings nostalgia to those who are familiar with the silhouette.
  • One of the purchasers sees the resemblance of the ZX 750 on these shoes.
  • Several named these as a classic Adidas reissue.
  • The contrasting hue on the midsole and the plastic detailing on the back are highly admired by Adidas fans.
  • A couple of owners characterized these as an excellent everyday shoe. Moreover, they noted that these could also be used for running.
  • Many reviewers claim that these Adidas Originals sneakers are incredibly comfortable.
  • The mesh toe box is particularly fancied by one tester as it does not crease.
  • Most of the users like the colorways available for these. One remarked that the pops of color are unique and much preferred than monotonous hues.
  • The style and silhouette can go with any outfit, said numerous shoppers.
  • A significant number of users note that these are one of the best purchases that they have made.
  • One commends Adidas for providing the best quality athletic footwear.
  • More than its impeccable construction, these sneakers are easy to slip on and have the ability to maintain its shape.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Although the Quesence looks great on pictures, one doesn't like them on his feet.

Bottom line

Jumping on the revival of throwback sneakers is the Adidas Quesence, a previously women’s and running shoe refreshed as a unisex and lifestyle shoe. Despite bemusing its users on the roots and pronunciations of its name, the Adidas Quesence proves that there is more beyond the label. Even though it doesn’t boast on premium materials and modern technologies to stay authentic with its vintage look, it remains to be comfortable, versatile, and high-quality.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Originals
Price: $130
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Adidas sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this April

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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 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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