Adidas Super Tobacco SPZL History
Before the glory of its recent years, the Adidas Spezial was just a shoe concept revolving around handball. 1979 witnessed the birth of the Adidas Spezial from which it was intended primarily for handball. The handball-designed footwear caters every high-flying antics and swift maneuvers of the player on the court. With its durable suede upper and its gum rubber outsole, the Spezial achieved legendary status when it comes to the indoor sport.
A rigid construction, along with high-friction rubber, was the perfect combination of materials for quick movements and abrupt stops. It was just a matter of time before handball athletes started to dress in this sneaker outside the game. The basic design of the Spezial gathered a local following which gradually became an icon of streetwear as the years progressed.
The 80s became the pinnacle decade for the sneaker's transformation into a fashion statement with several partygoers flaunting the brand on different occasions. Men would often pair them with jeans, the prevalent casual wear of the time. Its fame even spread to music idols like the Ghallagers of Oasis which added another boost to its popularity.
After a few decades, the Spezial's nostalgic aura had accumulated a rich following including formidable shoe collectors like Gary Aspden. The Adidas Spezial secured a warm place in Aspden's heart which leads to a collection in 2014 featuring 600 different deadstock designs of the handball shoe. But his inclination with the sneaker didn't stop there.
Preparing for the upcoming winter, Adidas released the Adidas Originals Spezial Fall/Winter 2017 collection which features four silhouettes including the TRX SPZL, Intack SPZL, Lacombe SPZL, and Super Tobacco SPZL. All four models are constructed in low tops and were known to address the Adidas Freizeit line from the 70s which were the first line fashionably designed for a holiday.
The Adidas Super Tobacco Spezial is submerged in a tonal "wood" hue from its upper to the laces with complementing night brown accents of the sole. Deemed as the most famous sneaker in the franchise, the Super Tobacco Spezial was Aspden's revival of his Super iteration.