Verdict from 100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Rom is a product born of topnotch craftsmanship, according to a handful of users.  
  • Most testers regard it as a very comfortable sneaker with a soft feel to it.
  • Its leather upper felt supple and made of a high-quality material, quite a couple of wearers have noted.
  • The Adidas Rom has the looks of an absolute classic, according to many customers..
  • The sneaker has racked up the highest ratings and recommendations from nearly all reviewers, and was even described as “a sneaker with Three Stripes and five stars.”
  • Most shoppers are enamored by its old-school styling, which they thought looked fantastic.
  • More than a few have taken note of its neutral colors that smoothly match any outfit.
  • Quite a few have shared that the reissued Rom is the kind of pair they want to add to their Adidas sneaker collection.

2 reasons not to buy

  • At least one user has complained about the laces, saying that Adidas should have had the laces vintage-styled.
  • The Adidas Rom is currently available in only a few colorways.

Bottom line

Among the oldest of the Adidas Originals, the Rom first saw the light of day in 1960, coinciding with the Rome Summer Olympics. Its characteristics, which offered early glimpses of the Gazelle, struck the jittery public: low-profile, supple leather upper, suede T-toe overlay, rubber toe bumper—sitting atop a wedge-shaped midsole and a ridged gum outsole.

Adidas has reissued the Rom again, keeping its original style and five-star quality and comfort, which good old  fans and newcomers rejoiced.

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Good to know

The Adidas Rom has a regular fit and soft feel inside. The wearer’s ankles get full mobility as this model has a low-top design. An Ortholite sock liner and a lightweight EVA insert provide instant step-in comfort. Then a traditional lace-up closure fastens the leather upper for a secure custom fit for the feet. Lastly, these Roms are Available in both men’s and women’s sizing,

Crossing timelines, the Adidas Rom has brought along with it a vintage style that doesn’t wither with age. Hailing from a soccer heritage, these Roms go well with the sporty look—think joggers, sweatpants, leggings—or any athleisure. These kicks can go all casual, laidback, and preppy as well. Jeans, short, chinos, topped with a simple tee, sweat, or jacket, go along with the Roms without a fuss.  

These Roms are currently offered in two colorways. One could buy a pair in a Cloud White/Collegiate Green/Grey One colorway for that smooth, cleaner look. Or opt to go smooth and subtle with the Clear Brown/Raw Sand/Gum colorway.

With the Three Stripes insignia lined on both side panels and the “Rom” label embossed on one side, the Adidas Rom flashes an instantly recognizable Originals silhouette. It is simply vintage Adidas, through and through, but it stands out with its iconic features, such as the iconic toe bumper and wedge-like midsole.

Launched during the 1960 Summer Olympics, held in Rome, the Adidas Rom is one of the brand's oldest designs, predating other noted classics such as the Campus and the Superstar. The iconic Gazelle was molded from the Rome’s silhouette. A hit in the 1960s, its popularity died in the 1970s. But it reclaimed its fame back in its first reissue in the 1980s when the casual culture was rising in the UK. Also, a flat-soled version was released in France that same decade, but never got quite gain the same status as the ridged sole.    

Now the Trefoil brand brings it back once more, and the Adidas Rom still looks fresh as it did more than half a century ago.

  • The lightweight Ortholite sock liner has a high-level of breathability and moisture management. It is also anti-microbial, prevents foot infection and bad odor.
  • The collar and tongue area are both padded for extra comfort.
  • Adidas Trefoil branding is emblazoned on the heel tab.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.