6 users: 4.3 / 5
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Other
Collaboration: Gary Aspden

Verdict from 8.7 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers love the narrow and no fuss retro styling of the Adidas Wilsy SPZL shoes. 
  • Some individuals very much appreciate how lightweight the shoes are, which makes them perfect for the summer months.
  • The comfort level from these sneakers is really good, according to a handful of users.
  • The overall cushioning of the midsoles is also commendable, a good number of testers say.
  • Adidas Originals’ Wilsy SPZL sneakers provide a good fit width-wise, report a small number of consumers.
  • High-quality and superb attention to detail defines these kicks, several people have commented. One says the shoes feature the quality you’d expect from a Spezial model.
  • The sporty-stylish look is easy to wear and pair with many casual outfits, a few buyers have noted.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One person is not happy about the kicks’ thin tongues, which he says offers little top of foot protection.
  • The material used for the shoes are thin, so there is not much support to be expected from these, a purchaser has reported.

Bottom line

Adidas Wilsy SPZLs are a terrific reinterpretation of a little-known retro silhouette. Adding spice to the retro vibe is the excellent combination of suede and textile uppers and gum soles. The result is a striking shoe design that is both sporty and dapper. The lightweight yet high-quality fabrics feel cool and comfy—just right for the coming summer months.

It’s obvious that the Adidas brand has paid special attention to details to create these shoes. Except for the lack of sidewall support, these are a good buy overall.

According to reviews, these Adidas Originals shoes offer an exceptional fit, despite their seemingly slim and narrow profile. The uppers are made of mesh with leather accent overlays, although the placement of overlays does not provide enough medial or lateral support. Because of the mesh, the shoes are given enhanced ventilation.

The saying that classics go with everything holds true with these kicks. The Adidas Wilsy SPZL shoes’ off white base and navy stripes seamlessly match everything. It’s not just because of the colors but also because of the straightforward yet elegant design of the shoes. You can pair them with jeans or chinos and a button-up shirt to style up your ensemble a bit. For truly casual days, you can match them with shorts.

The Adidas Wilsy SPZL is dedicated to the people who want to get that old 70s feel back when the shoes first came out or the 80s to 90s vibe when these shoes were on the feet of first-generation ravers in the warehouse party scene. Whether you wear these for their classic good looks or the nostalgia they bring for the good ole wild social scene of a bygone period, you must appreciate the detail that went into their construction.

The shoes contain no current tech, but the best kind of shoes can usually stand on their own with no modern technology to prop them up. Just good old styling and high-quality materials and excellent attention to detail.

The Spezial line under the Adidas Originals collection has always been known for producing top-of-the-line modern reinterpretations of silhouettes-that-time-forgot coming from deep within Adidas’ archives. For drop 2 of the Spezial’s FW18 Collection, Gary Aspden (the man behind the Spezial range) included a faithful recreation of the Adidas Universal.

The Universal was an indoor model that was made of sturdy leather. Adidas started producing them in the 70s in different countries such as West Germany, Yugoslavia, and Austria. They were traditionally colored white with black stripes, but other colorways cropped up during the 80s such as white with green stripes or blue. These shoes were in production up until the 90s, and few models can rival the Universal when it comes to numbers produced or length of production.

For these kicks’ Spezial debut, Gary Aspden recreated everything from the colors right down to the soft fabric used. The beautifully understated shoes encapsulate everything we love about the classics from those bygone eras.

  • The shoes feature a gold foil sticker on the footbed that depicts a vintage Adidas graphic.
  • The FW18 Spezial collection pays homage to the 30th anniversary of Acid House, which is a subgenre of house music created around the mid-80s.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.