Size and fit

The low-top Adidas Spezial shoes display a unisex design that has the lace-up closure with flat cotton laces for a comfortable and adjustable fit. This shoe also holds an ample amount of cushioning on the tongue and collar for enhanced comfort and support suitable for day-long use.

Adidas Spezial Style

The low-top Adidas Spezial every so often has been mistaken for the Adidas Gazelle as they both display the iconic T-Toe overlay and the suede upper, displays a one-off classic look that is reminiscent of the decade it was introduced, the 70s and 80s. Its upper is made of treated premium suede for that vintage look with contrast Three-Stripe and heel patch for added character. 

Adidas released remarkable hues of the Adidas Originals Spezial in the market to make the classic handball kick look more casual, opt for the street fashion. Here are a few of the most popular colorways in the market:

  Adidas Spezial royal blue

The suede upper is dressed in blue color accented with golden Spezial branding on the side. The monochromatic upper gives a plush vibe for its premium suede construction seated atop the gum rubber sole. 

  Adidas Spezial grey-orange

Adidas unveiled the Adidas Spezial in a color combination that will surely strike many onlookers. The suede upper is in grey hue added with bright orange details on the side, tongue tab, and on the heel. Also, to keep the retro look, the brand held the rubber gumsole.

  Adidas Spezial black-green-gum

This classic T-toe handball kick features a black suede upper with green Adidas branding on the side and the tongue tab. All these are resting on top of a gum sole to give an authentic retro appeal.

  Adidas Spezial cardinal black

This model displays red suede and black leather on its upper with tonal laces contrasted by the white midsole. This model was also added with leather branding in black found on the side, tongue label, and on the heel padding. 

  Adidas Spezial red gum

The all-red upper is highlighted with gold details on the various parts of the sneaker. For great looks and enhanced comfort, this model was added extra cushioning with perforations. 

The simplicity of the Adidas Spezial quickly turned it into a staple kick for men's and women's casual look. This shoe has a straightforward design that makes it easy to style and goes perfectly will almost any casual ensemble. 

Men can pair this kick up with joggers, or rolled-up trousers finished off with clean tees and a cap. Meanwhile, ladies can don this pair with any relaxed ensembles, such as leggings, shorts, and even with their dresses. 

Notable Features

Many users praise the timeless look of the Adidas Spezial shoe, a silhouette that has been on the market since the 70s. The brand kept all the details that made this silhouette a real casual classic. The Three Stripes reintroduced this iconic kick in a treated suede upper with the notable gumsole to deliver footwear with a real throwback vibe.

Adidas Spezial History

In 1979, the Adidas Spezial was first launched as a handball shoe in Germany and was worn by some world's most excellent players from Holland, Germany, and Scandinavia. Handball is an indoor game that requires heavy-duty footwear that can deal with sharp movements and hard frictions.  

During the Casuals movement in the 80s, this handball footwear came as a staple kick in the fashion world. Several travelers praised the comfort and stylish facade of the Adidas Originals Spezial. Like other shoes in the Adidas Spezial collection, they realized that this sporty kick goes well with jeans and other casual male outfits in the 80s.

The Adidas Spezial is made of high-quality suede upper with excellent cushioning. It is seated on a thick rubber gumsole with heel panel for added reinforcement. This shoe displays a simple and uncomplicated look that enhances its versatility and timelessness. Meanwhile, the gumsole improves the striking feature of this kick. It has cleat-inspired constructed to increase durability.

The first Adidas Original Spezial launched was in white/black, red/white, white/blue colorways. The Three Stripes brand expanded the colorways of the Spezial and was adopted by various designers and specialist sneaker stores. Forty years after it was initially introduced, the brand re-launched it bearing the timeless elements, such as premium suede, iconic Adidas brandings, and the gumsole. The Primeknit version was also launched recently.

The Adidas Spezial Primeknit showcases the familiar silhouette modernized with the lightweight and durable woven upper. To enhance the cozy fit, the brand renovated the collar into an elastic one for a sock-like fit and added style. Meanwhile, the brand kept the iconic rubber gumsole to keep the throwback vibe.

Nice to know

  • The Adidas SPZL shoes are made of durable suede upper for comfort and flexibility.
  • The outsole is cleat-inspired for superb traction.
  • Its T-toe overlay on the toe box enhances its durability and its retro style.
  • The gum sole has the Trefoil logo and a tread pattern to enhance the ground grip.
  • This sneaker comes with extra shoelaces.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Other
Collaboration: Gary Aspden
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Spezial
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, Gum Sole, EVA

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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