Verdict from 52 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Most customers highly recommend the Adidas FYW S-97, remarking that the trainer is worth the slightly expensive price.
  • Various testers have remarked that it feels so comfortable and stable on feet.
  • Its utterly unique, bulky, funky ’90s silhouette has appealed to a handful of shoppers.
  • The zigzag lines and color blocks give the sneaker a signature pop, according to a reviewer.   
  • A few users like the variety of colorways, which have “dope” reflective 3M hits, especially the one that features the highly visible, color-shifting upper.
  • The Adidas FYW S-97 makes every outfit cool, according to a wearer.
  • Two reviewers observe that the FYW S-97 has that nice, ugly, dad shoe vibe.
  • Several customers are satisfied with their purchase that they express wanting to cop another pair soon.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Its materials look and feel cheap to a few buyers.
  • The pair feels quite heavy to wear, according to two reviewers.

Bottom line

Though streamlined by Adidas, most of the FYW S-97’s original details—especially its performance technologies—remain intact. It’s now-slimmer, sleeker, upper still has a mesh base, accented with protruding suede and leather overlays, caged with the Three Stripes. Now sitting under the Originals umbrella, the FYW S-97 is a versatile retro that lives up to the hype of cool, chunky trainers.

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Good to know

This bulky low-top model uses a lace-up closure with wired eyestays. It allows the ankles to retain their full mobility while feet are kept inside the shoe securely with custom fitting. Also, its mesh-suede upper features a soft, breathable feel. The Adidas FYW S-97 is available to both sexes.

The dad shoe trend is not slowing down. That’s why brands like Adidas are digging into their ’80s and ’90s archives, looking for a chunky, blocky silhouette deserving a revival. And so the brand found the 1997 FYW S-97, a fat trainer with a unique silhouette.

The FYW S-97’s zigzags or waves, along with its vivid color blocks, reflective accents, and hits, exude a terrific ’90s feel, evoking nostalgia. Its fat, strange-looking midsole serves as the anchor of its dad shoe look. With all that, the FYW S-97 pops out with style in any kind of wear. Be it casual, sporty, or athleisure wear. The ’90s baggy look as well as the modern minimalist, tapered-down style go incredibly well with these sneakers. Moreover, the FYW S-97 comes in a wide selection of colorways—from mono-ish to multi—such as cloud white/off white/orchid tint, shock red/shock red/core black, light solid grey/core black/hi-res yellow, beige/core black/clear orange, and more.

Its silhouette has big reasons for being hefty as it is rich in tech, which was ahead of its time. Though its size is quite tamed now compared to the original, this updated FYW S-97 has all the key tooling it had before, such as the FYW sole technology, the Torsion-embedded EVA midsole, and adiPrene insert. All these are still used today in sports. In fact, the FYW tech was also featured in the Kobe Bryant sneaker series.  

First released in 1997, the Adidas FYW S-97 was among the models that pushed the boundaries of performance sneakers. It was then called as EQT Salvation. It featured a thick, brilliant midsole tooling that based itself on the shape and movement of the foot. Its goal was to prevent ankle rolls by improving stability. Also, an embedded Torsion tech (a TPU bridge placed under the arch area to allow the forefoot and barefoot to move independently) further encouraged more freedom of motion.

So Adidas brings this back in 2019, this time, labeled under Originals. Its upper is made slimmer, more stylish for the streets, but the rest remain in full form concerning its tech.

  • It has a collaboration with Kith founder, Ronnie Fieg— the Kith x FYW S-97—dressed up in two colorways. 


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.