Who should buy the Adidas Swift Run Barrier

Originally a running-inspired sneaker, the Adidas Swift Run Barrier pulls the materials of the vintage-oozing predecessor and remakes it into a wet-climate iteration. It is solid choice if:

  • You are looking for a shoe that pairs well with almost all outfits.
  • You prefer footwear appropriate for indoor fashion, outdoor sports, and the gym.
  • You are after easy-to-wear sneakers suitable for errands that require you to change footgear often. 

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Fit and sizing

Sliding down these men’s Adidas Swift Run Barrier on feet was made easy by the smooth neoprene lining which is accommodated by a convenient pull loop on the heel.

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The somewhat cleatie-construction of the upper is coupled down by an EVA material for lightweight underfoot cushioning.

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Those who are looking for a snugger fit can customize its tightness via the traditional laces up the front.

The Adidas Swift Run Barrier has sizing ranges starting from 4 to 14 which are all based on men’s standards. The considerate availability also allows women to cop a pair by grabbing a size 1 ½ down from the men’s. It also follows the usual medium width of D.

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Style of the Adidas Swift Run Barrier

Almost a high-top but officially a mid, the Adidas Originals Swift Run Barrier carries the running-inspired DNA throughout its sporty nature. Its winter-ready body still oozes with casual bearings all-over to give in to that athleisure pantheon of nowadays. The collar, which steadily clamps along the ankle like a life-sucking animal, smoothens out the transition of apparel from shin towards the bottom. Versatile sportswear as such brings a contemporary flair to everyday clothing.

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The Adidas Swift Run Barrier on feet perfectly emblazons a mash-up of vintage detailing and contemporary tooling all into one heck of silhouette. Joggers and track pants would most likely fit the bill for partnering the sneaker while pin-rolled denim jeans bring a more outgoing outlook to a smart-casual wardrobe. Shorts and shin apparel could also do the trick to be able to suit it up for the summer season.

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The mid-top sneaker has a myriad of colorways, but several notable ones include the Steel, Grey/Cloud White, and Triple-Core Black. The Steel iteration includes camo-like prints on its underlays which are complemented by orange accents, especially on the heel pull tab. Parallel lines cover up the toe box which also adds to its streamlined facade.

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Notable features

The NMD-ish shape of the Adidas Swift Run Barrier was made possible by its extended collar reaching above the ankle. The neoprene interior is what differentiates this mid-top from its lower counterpart which is built around the whims of knitted tech. Aside from the scuba-suit material, mesh components cover up the exterior of the shoe, giving it a sturdy and protective layer against rain and cold elements.

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The lace bed on the vamp lies almost perpendicularly to the coveted Three Stripes markings. To complete the whole Adidas experience, a Trefoil logo is embellished on the tongue.

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History of the Adidas Swift Run Barrier

Colossal sneaker companies like Adidas, Nike, and PUMA would never achieve global status without giving birth to coveted iterations revolving around performance and quality. Adidas, an entity or legacy as supposed, has been around since after the Second World War and with its long-standing timeline of sportswear portfolio comes an array of brilliantly constructed silhouettes. The footwear coming from the German producer arrived in all shapes and sizes which tapped numerous accolades of athletic upheaval.

One of the platforms that Adidas decided to penetrate was running. It was basically a no-brainer for this humongous manufacturer because its roots were deeply embedded in the track field since the induction of American champion Jesse Owens in 1936. Though the brothers Dassler separated before the mid 20th century, both siblings carried the DNA for constructing iconic iterations that would surpass decades through its function and appeal.

Focusing more on the running side of the spectrum, Adidas invested heavily in the fast-paced sport in the late 70s when the running boom had hit humanity like a funky old tune from a record player. Soon after, three Stripes insignia was covering a portion of society’s athletic apparel though not that much because of Nike and Reebok’s towering sales. Early attempts in revamping their running line were witnessed through the Night Jogger and Micropacer in the first half of the 80s.

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Along with the release of the now coveted vintage models, Adidas launched a promising series containing the top technologies they have at the time. Starting up the gears for Adidas’ journey to running was the Adidas ZX 500 which first came up in a mix of red and blue with accommodating alien-like accents. Little did Adidas knew that the said sneaker would spark a shoe line that would traverse scores in the future.

Many versions followed showcasing the prestige of the Adidas ZX 500. The most coveted of them all might be the Adidas ZX 8000 which was one of the first iterations to accentuate the Torsion midfoot support system. The diagonal lines were unmistakably noticeable from a distance which are also garnished in most silhouettes in the ZX line up.

Fast-forward to 2017, when paying homage to vintage apparel was the dominant fashion trend, the Adidas running catalog of the ’80s were given a second life via the introduction of the Adidas Swift Run. It embodies the aura of these coveted previous works and smoothens it with knitted uppers and a contemporary EVA midsole. A somewhat new tech during this era, Primeknit covers up the said sneaker’s upper to iron out all the busy appearance of its inspiration. To top things off, the sneaker utilizes the same classic technology found on most mid shanks of late 80s runners and EQT models which proudly shouts the Torsion support system.

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The Adidas Swift Run was officially unveiled on July 27, 2017. Its fame was somewhat overshadowed by the NMD and Pharrell collabs, but it still shared a good piece of the sneaker market pie especially to those looking for functional everyday footwear. Numerous colorways of the Swift Run had surfaced including one in tonal hues of black and pink.

A lightweight shoe like the Swift Run deserves a winter-ready counterpart. Hence, Adidas revisited its kitchen to create a mid-top version of the sneaker and name it the Adidas Originals Swift Run Barricade. The cold-weather-improved iteration fuses neoprene and mesh for its upper while maintaining the lightweight construction courtesy of the injection-molded EVA foam. The cleatie-like assembly of the Adidas Swift Run Barricade was complemented by a rectangular lace bed at the vamp. Parallel lines are now present at the ankle compared to its predecessor.

The Adidas Swift Run Barrier was created in men’s sizes but its generous range shares its glory to the women as well. It was introduced in 2018 just in time to be strutted out for the winter months.

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Additional info

  • The sneaker contains an OrthoLite insole.
  • Traction and grip are provided by the high-abrasion rubber outsole with tile-like notches.
  • The cardboard and steel colorways feature a gum-colored outsole.

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Facts / Specs

Base model: Adidas Swift Run
Style: Sporty
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Swift Run
Closure: Slip-on, Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA, Neoprene, OrthoLite / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.