Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Several skateboarders have mentioned that the Adidas Originals Campus ADV silhouette provided “tons of impact support” for jumping downstairs or gaps.
  • These low-tops from Adidas are durable, according to some users. 
  • Adidas Campus ADV shoes are very comfortable, report plenty of purchasers.
  • The sneakers feel light on the feet, note a couple of testers.
  • A good number of buyers are satisfied with the style of this skateboarding/lifestyle shoe. 
  • Most consumers think that the colorways go with multiple outfits.
  • Two individuals have stated that the Adidas ADV Campus sneakers provide “the same good board feel as the old Campus Vulcs but are far more cushioned.”
  • A lot of reviewers claim the price of the shoes is very reasonable considering the high-quality construction.
  • Many people commend the fit of Campus ADV shoes, because it’s neither too narrow nor too wide.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One person has complained that the Campus ADV shoes do not provide a secure fit and that his feet keep slipping off them.

Bottom line

The beloved Campus shoes are back, and this time, they’re engineered for skateboarding. Adidas Campus ADV shoes bring back the old classic style with a few new tweaks such as better impact support, board feel, and cushioning.

And since they’re made tougher than ever, the shoes can handle daily lifestyle activities with ease, lasting months of constant use. The colorways are understated and subtle which makes pairing with any outfit easy. What’s more, they give users a perfect fit. 

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Good to know

Adidas ADV Campus sneakers are, fortunately, unisex. After all, it wouldn’t do to keep such classic shoes to just one gender. The shoes’ construction is cut low for maximizing movement, and the flat soles provide a better grip on the board. 

The cut of the shoes may be a bit too shallow for some, but this is where the laces and the long tongues come in. Take care to tie the laces extra securely to keep the feet from slipping off, as the shallow base of the shoes mean that feet can easily slip off them. 

One of Adidas’ low-top shoes, the Adidas Campus ADV shoes are constructed with a simple design and clean lines, which makes them work well with outfits of all kinds. The styling is subdued with only the gold wordmark branding at the sides to give off a bit of flash. The sneakers go with everything from ultra-casual shorts to the more formal chinos. And depending on the colorway, they might even pair well with suits.

Some colorways offered for the sneakers include clear blue, collegiate burgundy, core black, collegiate green, and MGH solid grey.

Fans of the classic style will have much to rejoice over in this new edition of the beloved hip-hop icon. Adidas Campus ADV shoes are made much more durable with suede uppers that are reinforced in the ollie zone for endless skateboarding jumps and tricks. The soles, the tongues, and the collars are more cushioned to protect the feet from jarring impact. 

A Geofit construction assures the user of an anatomical and snug fit that’s just like wearing gloves for your feet. The Geoflex outsoles give great flexibility and board feel.

If you’re not a skater, it just means that these kicks will last that much longer for you. If these shoes can handle jumps and much abuse from skateboarding activities, they’re not going to be fazed by constant walking and gym workouts. 

The Adidas Campus is a 70s silhouette that was first known as the “Tournament.” It was engineered for the basketball courts but slowly evolved into a skating shoe with a vulcanized sole. When the 80s rolled around, the sneakers were renamed the “Campus.”

It was all about hip-hop during that time, and Adidas was at the forefront of the music scene with such groups as Run-D.M.C. singing “My Adidas” and being dressed from head to foot in products flaunting the Trefoil logo. Run-D.M.C. loved their Superstars, but the Beastie Boys relentlessly wore the Campus their entire career and even included a photo of the shoes in their 1992 Check Your Head album.

Although production for the shoes ceased in 1987, the demand for them never let up which was why the brand decided to bring them back in the mid-90s. The Adidas Campus had also transitioned into skateboarding shoes by then with the release of the Campus Vulc, a model geared for skateboarding. A slightly narrower version came out in 2016 called the Campus Vulc IIs.

For 2018, Adidas again launched skateboarding versions of the Campus and called them the Campus ADVs. Unlike the previous skateboarding editions, these featured cupsoles instead of vulcanized ones.

  • Adidas Originals Adidas Campus ADVs feature Flexible Bounce cushioning in the midsoles, Geofit padded collars, and molded EVA sock liners.
  • Weight is around 368.54 grams for each shoe.

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.