12 users: 4.7 / 5
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Inspired from: Hiking
Collaboration: Gary Aspden
Collection: Adidas Spezial

Verdict from 8.2 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers said that the Adidas Winterhill SPZL is very comfortable.
  • Although the shoe isn't fully equipped for hiking, one purchaser shared how the pair held up and did great when he went hiking.
  • Majority of the consumers find the pair's construction and materials to be of excellent quality.
  • The Adidas Winterhill SPZL runs true to size, according to most shoe users.
  • It is waterproof which makes it the ideal footwear for winter and rainy season.
  • One reviewer noted that the pair's mudguard feature is impressive. It keeps the shoe safe from scratches and bruises excellently.
  • Some retro sneaker fans admire the shoe's old-school yet timeless aesthetic.
  • One wearer was happy that the shoe is easy to clean.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some consumers find the Adidas Winterhill SPZL to be too expensive.

Bottom line

The Adidas Winterhill SPZL is a hybrid shoe that features hiking cleat characteristics infused with a stylishly classic and casual design. It has a water-repellent finish, a mudguard that helps protect the sneaker from scratches, and a gusseted tongue to keep water out perfect for winter and rainy seasons.

Apart from its excellent attributes, the pair also exudes a timeless rugged style that goes beyond short-lived trends and fashion's fast-paced nature. Its classic design makes it easy to pair with almost every casual staple.

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The Adidas Winterhill SPZL is a unisex shoe but offered in men’s sizes only. The gentlemen can choose from sizes 4 to 13 while the ladies who want to cop a pair can go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. It fits true to size.

The Adidas Winterhill SPZL exudes a rugged yet classic sporty look. The shoe's tonal gray color is easy to pair with endless outfit combinations while the red cube lends a touch of color blocking and adds a pop of color to your look. Moreover, it has a streamlined silhouette that offers a classy appeal.

Go for any casual ensemble as it is meant for everyday casual wear. The pair would look great whether paired with jeans, shorts, chinos, or joggers.

The shoe's upper is made of suede leather finished with a water-repellent treatment. It also features mudguard as protection against scratches and bruises, while a gusseted tongue further keeps water out of the shoe.

The pair utilizes D-ring metal eyelets to keep shoelaces in place in a more durable way. Lastly, a red cube detailing can be seen on both sides of the midsole for visual purposes.

Adidas Spezial is a line under the brand's street-focused Originals. Spezial first started in 2012, and its merchandise was released mainly in the United Kingdom only. Long-time Adidas collaborator and fan, Gay Aspden, curated it.

According to Aspden, he wanted to create a range that is the antithesis of hype and something that would rather sit outside today's footwear bandwagon. Adidas Spezial's vision is to reimagine classics and celebrate a moment in time when youth and hip-hop cultures adapted sportswear.

Although Adidas Spezial was created in 2012, it's not introduced to the United States until early 2017. Most retro-loving sneaker fans were delighted with the line's collection, which according to Aspden is derived from his youth and upbringing. He also added that the line is inspired by an Adidas collection in the 80s called "Freizeit," which means "free time" in German.

The Adidas Winterhill SPZL was released under the line's Fall 2017 collection and is said to be the successor to the Adidas Mounfield SPZL. The shoe's name came from a hill called Winter Hill that overlooked Aspden's hometown. It is inspired by a vintage hi-top hiking cleat that is a signature cleat for a German mountaineer named Reinhold Messner.

  • The pair is available in D – Medium width.
  • Gary Aspden, the shoe’s designer, said that the main thing that he derived from Reinhold Messner’s signature cleat is the color blocking.
  • The Adidas Winterhill SPZL comes with the Adidas Spezial box and a leather hangtag.

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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.