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Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $90
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Fit & Sizing

The low-top Adidas Whalley SPZL is a unisex pair that is presented in men's sizing in regular width. Women are advised to purchase 1 or 1.5 sizes down their usual shoe sizes to enjoy snugger and more comfortable strides. This lace-up sneaker was inserted with leather on its lining to enjoy a relaxed fit and cushy sockliner for added overall comfort.

Adidas Whalley SPZL Style

The timeless look of the Adidas Whalley SPZL will surely add a striking piece in anyone's collection. The upper is finished with premium suede to give that luxurious vintage appeal. Meanwhile, the leather overlays in contrasting hues on the side and heel add an eye-catching element to this meek silhouette. To further elevate the retro charm, gum rubber sole was used to give that classic finish.

The Adidas Whalley is obtainable in two colorways, active blue/semi solar green/easy yellow and the supplier/off white. Inspired by classic football sneakers, these shoes are wearable to everything. Wearers can pair this stylish sneaker of with their laidback ensembles, such as tattered jeans, khakis, or skinny jeans.

Notable Features

The classic look of the Adidas Whalley SPZL drawn from the archives of Three Stripes is a surefire standout piece. Its overall retro charm dressed in buttery suede upper updates one's usual attire. To supplement its arresting charm, Adidas added the Mod Trefoil emblem on the tongue, which is a first in the Spezial lineup.

Adidas Whalley SPZL History

Three Stripes formed the Spezial collection in 2014 as a way to re-introduce several archived silhouettes to the modern market. Two passionate Adidas collectors, namely Gary Aspden and Mike Chetchuti, were commissioned by the brand to spearhead the series and curate few iconic iterations. This series of sneaker compilations represent the fruitful history of Three Stripes and its effect on the modern sneaker culture.

Several Spezial collections have launched in the market since then, and the latest one was unveiled for the Summer/Spring 2019 lineup. The SS 2019 Spezial sneaker lineup was greatly influenced by the legendary Adidas collector named Robert Brooks, also tagged as Brooksy. Adidas used Brooksy's personal archive and tweaked to give reference to the sneaker and sportswear culture of London.

The SS 2019 drop features several accessories, sneakers, and apparel iterations that give a nod to Spezial's enduring terrace culture influence. These multitudes of products display vibrant Adidas staples, re-imagined for the modern market. Under this collection were several sneakers iterations, such as Adidas ZX 530 SPZL, SL80(A) SPZL, Norfu SPZL, AS 620 SPZL, and the Whalley SPZL.

The Adidas Whalley SPZL was unveiled on March 7, 2019, and features the reworked upper of the classic all-around trainer. This terrace-inspired kick displays suede upper with luxurious leather details to give retro and premium finish. This revamped version of the vintage all-around kick boasts its shortened toe box and modernized overlays to fit the current fashion.

Additional Info

  • The gum rubber outsole of the Adidas Whalley SPZL provides reliable grip and traction on various kinds of surfaces.
  • Adidas' Trefoil emblem can be seen on the tongue.