Size and fit

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. 

Adidas Campus ADV Style

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.

Notable Features

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. 

Adidas Campus ADV History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Adidas Campus
Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Adidas Skateboarding, Adidas Originals, Adidas Campus, Adidas Bounce
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, Cup Sole, EVA

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