Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most users find the Adidas White Mountaineering Campus 80s to run true to size.
  • The Campus 80s collab projected a very stylish look that is well designed and pretty solid.
  • White Mountaineering's take on the old school campus portrays a unique image that stands out from other ranges.
  • It is built with top quality in mind. From the materials to the detailing, the sneaker impressed a handful of reviewers with its finesse.
  • The sneaker's colorway is spot on.
  • The shoe delivers exceptional comfort when worn
  • It looks fantastic and better in person.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Although some find it to fit perfectly, a couple of wearers found the sneaker to run narrow. 
  • A buyer was disappointed with the misaligned arch support that was sticking out to his foot like a ball cut in half.

Bottom line

White Mountaineering joins the global trend of rocking vintage footwear and reinstilling retail-specific elements into an old school Adidas sneaker. The Adidas White Mountaineering Campus 80s revamps the classic sneaker into a silhouette with outdoor flair.

The sneaker is a fusion of iconic themes which invigorates the retro look of the Campus 80s. Adding full-performance materials like pigskin nubuck and leather accents enable users to sport the low top sneaker in various conditions.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Campus
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Football
Collaboration: White Mountaineering
Collection: Adidas Campus
Closure: Laces
Designer: Yosuke Aizawa
Material: Nubuck, Rubber Sole, EVA
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue
Special editions: 5 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 9/10
Traction 7/10
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Adidas sneaker

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.

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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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