Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Campus 2 is available at an affordable price point
  • The majority of users shared that this model is very comfortable.
  • Most online buyers revealed that this shoe looks better in actual.
  • Some users said that this pair has an almost perfect fit.
  • Available in multiple colorways.
  • For most reviewers, the Adidas Campus II fits true to size.
  • Some retro fans applauded the cool vintage vibe of this pair that brings a nostalgic feeling.
  • Few shared that this pair is very versatile. Some sport this during light training up to city cruising.
  • Many reviewers disclosed that they received compliments while wearing this throwback vibe kick.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some expressed disappointment that the Adidas Campus 2 lacks arch support.
  • A couple of users did not like the stiff upper that makes it hard for buyers to slide their foot in.
  • Few users did not like that this sneaker needs long break-in time.
  • One user criticized that this shoe easily gets dirty and hard to maintain as suede is a little bit trickier to clean.

Bottom line

The Adidas Campus 2 features the original classic profile released in the 80s. Dressed in high-quality tonal suede upper and comfortable elements, this kick was designed for the active use and stylish garb.

It showcases a never-goes-out-of-style design that many retro heads fancy about. With its price point that is very affordable, this lightweight kick is almost a solid choice for practical buyers who need shoes for the urban use.

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Good to know

The Adidas Campus 2 is available in men’s sizes from 5 to 15 US in medium width. It runs true to size and features a lace-up closure for a secure fit. It also has a removable Ortholite sockliner to halt the formation of odor and provide protection during impact.

The Adidas Campus 2 features a sporty kick with an urban twist. It is covered with a soft Nubuck leather upper with contrasting stripes fitted as a lifestyle sneaker. It is lightweight and has just enough ventilation suitable for all-day wear in the urban pavements. This shoe works well with any casual attire. Most wearers can be seen sporting this with jeans, joggers, shorts and even with their activewear. This trendy kick will inevitably never goes out of style.

What made the Adidas Campus 2 striking for many enthusiasts is that Nike preserved the original profile of the Adidas Campus released more than three decades ago. Adidas just made some minor tweaks to make it more apt for the modern consumers.

The Adidas Campus has been considered as the sibling of the iconic Superstar, Gazelle and Stan Smith. It was deemed to be underrated and has stayed low-key, calmly chilling in the background.

In the early 70s, Adidas released hard court footwear named Tournament and was renamed as Campus in the 80s. During that time, the Pro Model and the Gazelle have been reigning the market. Over time, this low-top basketball shoe with vulcanized sole eventually crossed the lifestyle category.

In the 80s up to the 90s, hip-hop culture started to rule the scene. Bands like the Run DMC and the Beastie Boys were seen sporting the Campus which helped accelerate its fame in the lifestyle arena. Even during the production hiatus of the Campus in the market, the Beastie Boys still wore them throughout their career.

The Beastie Boys preferred the Campus over the more popular Gazelle. Because of their continuous endorsement, the group salvaged the Campus from oblivion via their “Check Your Head” album cover. Adidas decided to bring the Campus back to the market in the mid-90s.

Recently, the Adidas Originals rebooted this iconic profile. The Campus is back again in the market as fresh and better than ever. The Adidas Campus 2 is a lifestyle shoe that features soft suede with the iconic 3-Stripe and bulky rubber sole. Adidas updated it with better fit and a tad wider than the first released Campus.

  • The Adidas Campus 2 features a removable Ortholite sockliner that reduces the odor formation. This sockliner also provides soft, durable and breathable cushioning.
  • It has a suede upper with the signature pinking-edged 3-stripe layout.
  • Perforations can also be seen along the iconic 3-Stripe.
  • It has the herringbone pattern rubber cupsole for durable ground grip.
  • The toecap is reinforced to provide better support.
  • Golden branding can be found on the heel, tongue and the side.


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