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Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Adidas Originals
Price: $75
Colorways: Black, Green, Grey, White
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The Adidas Topanga Clean shoe comes in men's sizing that ranges from 6 to 14 in D Medium width. It has a traditional lace-up closure system for a snug and customizable fit that secures the foot, and a padded collar for extra plush feel. Furthermore, its low profile allows maximum ankle mobility and flexible foot movements. The tongue features a loop tab that helps keep it in place, adding a secure fit.

The Adidas Topanga Clean live up to its “clean” name. It is a low-top shoe that brings back classic ‘70s kick style with a premium and supple suede or leather upper, leather (or suede) accents on the tongue and heel, and tonal flat laces. The signature Three Stripes are still there but comes in the form of perforations in this version. Contrasting the clean look of the upper are the gold foil brandings and a textured midsole.

Not just retro and sporty, the Topanga Clean also boasts aesthetics fit for modern urban adventures. With several toned down colorways to choose from, men can wear this with shorts, jeans, pants, or chinos for a casual look from day to night.

The Adidas Topanga Clean is a version of the Topanga model, which was previously known as the Adidas California. Following the lead of the original Topanga silhouette, this rendition features a suede upper and a full gum rubber sole. But for a cleaner look that suits for the modern day, the zigzag Three Stripes were replaced with perforations and leather accents were placed on the tongue and collar. Other retro details that give character to this low-top include the full gum rubber sole, including the textured midsole, and the T-shaped overlays on the toe part.

Back in the day when Adidas sports trainers were beginning to reach the height of their popularity, there was an alternative Three Stripe shoe model made for leisure styling – the Adidas California. The shoe first debuted in the ‘70s with a design inspired by a region in the western part of the city of Los Angeles, California.

Fast forward to 2014, Adidas dug deep into its archive and relaunched the California model but renamed as Adidas Topanga due to trademark disputes. The comeback of the ‘70s classic was a part of the Spezial Collection, and since then, the shoe regained popularity because of its easy-to-wear low profile and retro look.

In 2016, Adidas further created a fresh new look to the Topanga by releasing the Adidas Topanga Clean shoe. It took the rich suede (or leather for some colorways) upper from the Topanga, but scrapped the Three Stripes overlay branding on the side panels and replaced it with perforated branding for a smooth aesthetic and added breathability. Also featured in the shoe are gold foil branding, contrasting heel and tongue accents in either suede or leather, and a textured midsole.

  • Displayed on the side panel is the "Topanga" text branding in a gold foil finish. On the tongue is another Adidas branding, also in a gold foil finish.

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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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