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Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Adidas Wensley SPZL History
The Adidas Wensley SPZL is part of the 2017 Adidas Spezial collection, which is curated by Adidas aficionado Gary Aspden. How the collection came to be is an interesting tale to follow.
The idea of a shoe exhibition dawned on Aspden in the first decade of the 21st century. Due to some prioritization concerns, the concept was shelved, but not for long.
By 2008, Aspden already had his own entrepreneurial pursuits, though he remained an important consultant for Adidas’s marketing campaigns. Because of the freedom that this setup afforded him, Aspden in 2013 finally acted on the exhibition idea. He was assisted by several valuable connections.
Taking more than five months to put together, the exhibition opened in July of that year. It featured more than 600 pairs of Adidas shoes that effectively relayed the story of Adidas’s various shoe revolutions. The items were from Aspden’s and some prominent fans’ collections. It was called Spezial because, according to Aspden, that’s what Adidas was, and still is, to him and others like him in the UK.
That exhibition in London drew a lot of attention from Adidas fans and everyday people. Adidas and Aspden were quick to make something out of the exhibition’s success, and just a year later, the first Adidas Originals x Spezial collection came out. The collection did not limit itself to shoes; it also included jackets, shirts, and other apparel. As such, the collection brought back memories of the Adidas Freizeit, which was a collection of lifestyle items that were ubiquitous in the 1970s.
It must be noted that while the collection featured premium products that draw inspiration from one or several Adidas classics, it was never meant to highlight nostalgia. What it asserts is the timelessness of the company’s designs. Aspden and his team believed that with the appropriate material upgrade, the items in the collection will be palatable even when examined by the discerning modern eye.
Every year since 2014, the Adidas x Spezial collaboration has released items that correspond to the market’s every need. The Adidas Wensley SPZL is part of the spring and summer collection for 2017.
Adidas Wensley SPZL Style
The Adidas Wensely SPZL has a neat retro silhouette and a tonal colorway that make it so easy to match with various outfits. Its suede overlays add a layer of sophistication that no one will ever want to miss. Whether its a walk around the city square or some picnicking by the beach, this model will be a pleasing companion.
The Adidas Wensley SPZL comes in a standard width. The ladies can have this model in sizes 5 to 8. The men, on the other hand, can choose from sizes 7 to 12. Wearers can make adjustments to the tightness of this model’s fit through the use of an effective lacing system.
The overall retro aura that this model radiates is in many ways its most defining feature. It’s neat, sleek, and just so easy to look at. The suede overlays and the futuristic gum outsole add to the distinctiveness of its identity.
- The upper of the Adidas Wensely SPZL is made of nylon that has suede overlays.
- Its overall design was achieved by highlighting the parallelisms between mainstream British culture and Jamaican reggae tradition.
- The inside of the shoe is lined with soft leather to provide maximum comfort.
- At the right side of the shoe is Adidas’s signature three-stripe logo, and it is made of leather.
- The Adidas Wensley SPZL has a heel tab that is made of leather and bears the Adidas trefoil logo.