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The generous amount of lace holes grants a wide variety of fit from the ball front to the ankle. By retaining the rubber cupsole components of the original Campus model, the sneaker instills an old school sensation of cushioning to its overall comfort.
Made for men, the Adidas White Mountaineering Campus 80s can also be worn by women by going down 1.5 of their usual size.
The generally released colorways of the collab are rendered in dark tones of Collegiate Navy and black to emphasize a more low profile look. The sneaker maintained the classic low top entry of the Campus while blending themes of White Mountaineering branding on the tongue and the Three Stripes. The heel tab is also revamped to display a subtle hint of WM triangular signature with an iconic Adidas Trefoil logo embossed in the middle.
With uniqueness in mind, the White Mountaineering's version of the Campus 80s assures a head-turning scenario wherever one may go. Adding a sense of exclusivity to the vintage footwear promotes a vibe of winning an unspoken fashion competition which conveniently goes well with pants or outdoor apparel.
White Mountaineering brilliantly utilizes the Adidas Three Stripes and adds two undertoned diagonal lines on its side panels to portray a genius form of logo play. A small Trefoil Adidas logo sits atop the three-lined "V" White Mountaineering branding on its tongue. The same shape takes place on its heel tab which showcases an embossed Adidas logo in the middle.
Before dwelling on the hip-hop and skateboard fuss of the Campus, it is best to understand where the low-profile sneaker came from. Reflecting on its hardships, key aspects can be pointed out to its current posture in the athleisure realm of fashion footwear.
Suede wrapped Adidas footwear has a lengthy origin story that can be traced back to the Gazelle. The suede material, or kangaroo velour for a more technical approach, was first seen in the soccer trainer but its blurry roots of purpose were still debatable up to this day. According to Gary Aspden, a long-time Adidas consultant, the different colors of the suede material coincides with various activities from soccer to handball.
Several iterations followed up on the Gazelle's innovative popularity a few years after it marveled the footwear market. Like the Gazelle, a subsequent release called the Tournament was also wrapped in suede. The primal intention in the creation of the Tournament was for it to be utilized on basketball courts. This shoe was later rebranded and tweaked into the Campus that we now know.
According to the Adidas Archives, the Campus was first released in 1979 taking the form of an athleisure sneaker with hard leather uppers. Its premise is built around a multi-purpose trainer that can still be flaunted in the streets. It was then stripped of its hard leather upper and incorporated suede in 1985. Giving back its basketball purpose, the sneaker was worn primarily on the court before it hopped from sport to sport. Because of its durable suede material, it became famous as a skate shoe for rebels and the like.
Aside from skaters, the Campus was visible on the feet of Beastie Boys frontmen Ad-Rock and Mike D who were loyal to the brand for decades. From then on, the sneaker progressed as the growing number of fanatics accumulated through time. When an era of collaboration hogged the sneaker market, the underrated Campus was one of the lucky models to receive numerous partnerships while honoring its decade of origin by adding an 80s label at the end of its name.
Flash forward to 2017, the Campus gets an outdoor makeover under the influence of the Japanese retailer White Mountaineering. The outdoor brand emerged in the fashion limelight with their unique takes on iconic footwear by adding high-performance components. Weatherizing the classic suede and turning it to pigskin nubuck, the Adidas White Mountaineering Campus 80s gets an upgrade not only in longevity but also in style.
- The shoe consists of the same original rubber cupsole left untouched from its early days.
- A reiteration was released in August 2017 that features tonal silhouettes of black and white. The white version has an upper entirely constructed in leather while the black is wrapped in premium suede. Instead of the diagonal underlays, a "WHITE" label is present on its lateral panels.
- The first introduction to the sneaker collab was in February 2017 available in two colorways which are Navy and Black both with white heel tabs and an embossed logo. The collection also features a rendition of the Adidas NMD Trail.