Verdict from 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Nearly a hundred reviewers have given the Adidas Continental Vulc five-star ratings and highly recommended this “show-stopper” of a shoe.
  • The majority of testers find it to be extremely comfortable despite not being a Boost model.
  • It is budget-friendly, and almost all shoppers express that it has the most value one can get for the price.
  • Quality-wise, it has exceeded the expectations of most buyers as it is made with premium materials and astounding attention to detail.
  • Its neat, old-school silhouette has the right amount of pop and stands out without overpowering one’s outfit, according to many reviewers.
  • It is easy to style and matches any types of pants, a handful of users have mentioned.
  • This sneaker is available in over a dozen colorways, which is a delight to shoppers and collectors.
  • Heaps of customers are flabbergasted with its AriZona Iced Tea-themed colorways, which feature finely embroidered colored prints and impressively detailed insoles.
  • Many wearers are convinced that it looks better in person as they've heard loads of compliments from onlookers whenever they're walking on them.
  • It is a nice, solid pair to wear on a daily basis, according to most users.

1 reason not to buy

  • Several users find the sneaker a little clunky.

Bottom line

The Continental 80 is among the famous Adidas Originals silhouettes. Fans love it for its timeless design, superb comfort, and ever-friendly price point. So Adidas once again reimagines the silhouette, this time modeling it after ’80s fitness styles and old-school skate shoes.

A clean, vintage-inspired sneaker, the Continental Vulc carries on a long, rich heritage. The familiar-looking Continental 80 silhouette now comprises of embroidered canvas with suede overlays, which settles atop a vulcanized sole unit. Exuding lots of crisp and style without missing on comfort, the Continental Vulc sits at a mind-blowing $65 price tag.

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Good to know

The Continental Vulc is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. It has a low profile and does not hinder any ankle motion in each stride. Besides that, its low-cut collar provides light padding and support to the ankles. This model uses a lace-up closure to lock the feet in with a custom fitting.

Slimmer and subtler than the usual Continental 80s, these neat, fresh kicks seamlessly walk in with any type of casual outfit, especially a good, old pair of jeans. Be it tattered, stone-washed, slim-fit, regular, or baggy. This Continental Vulc fits them all jeans as if it were made for them. But joggers and shorts also go well with this pair. Then top it off with a plain tee, a flannel, or long-sleeved shirts.

Moreover, this sneaker comes in a wide selection of colorways, from the sharp-looking black, red, blue, and navy to the muted white and gray. It also comes in AriZona Ice Tea-themed colorways, which have become favorites. 

The Continental Vulc exhibits both simplicity and versatility, just like its predecessor. Its vulc design also echoes some of the timeless Converse Chuck Taylor vibes. Compared to the leather-cupsole original, this canvas-vulc version is considerably more flexible as well as lighter.

An archival sneaker from the ’80s, the Continental 80 returned to the shelves in 2018. It started as a humble white tennis sneaker. But because of its crisp, clean style, sneaker fans flocked around it and made it into a classic.

Now labeled under Adidas Originals, the Continental 80 is in its rightful place, where the brand can explore the silhouette's potentials, such as being reinterpreted as a vulc sneaker. Pared down and made more laidback, the Continental Vulc is the freshest iteration of this seemingly flawless silhouette.  

  • Canvas/suede and full-leather versions are available for this model.
  • It retains the iconic perforations in the toe box area, which makes the sneaker breathable.


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