Size and fit

The low-top Adidas SL 72 shoes are unisex sneakers available in men's sizing. This running-inspired sneaker is considered narrow fit by the brand, as it stayed authentic to the classic narrow shape of its predecessor's toe box. It uses the conventional lace closure that will allow its wearers to adjust the fit according to their likings. Meanwhile, Adidas inserted EVA midsole cushioning for lightweight comfort, suitable for all-day use.

Adidas SL 72 Style

The retro look of the Adidas SL 72 trainers flaunts a style that depicts the world-class legacy of Adidas. The brand kept the authentic shape and materials, just like the 70s version, which was the first to flaunt the Adidas Trefoil logo in the market. 

This sneaker is made of nylon and synthetic suede upper dipped in several hues. The available colorways are raw green/cloud white/orange, cloud white/matte silver/grey one, cloud white/glory blue/glory red, amber tint/cloud white/orange, and blue/footwear white colorways. The vintage vibe of Adidas SL 72 looks gorgeous on feet when paired with tracksuit, jogger pants, shorts, rolled up jeans, or skinny pants.

Notable Features

The Adidas SL 72 features an authentic vintage vibe as it kept several classic details, which were earlier seen in its 70s version. The brand retained the narrow shape, thus giving the wearers a true-to-the-era narrow fit. Also, the colorways and the materials utilized give this kick a nostalgic feel of the 70s era.

Adidas SL 72 History

The Adidas SL 72 was unveiled in 1972, specially designed for the 1972 Munich Olympics. It was the first in the Super Light (SL) footwear line and was engineered as lightweight running footwear. The Adidas SL 72 was the first to proudly sport the Trefoil logo, thus making this pair a fundamental silhouette in the history of the Three Stripes. Adidas SL 72 was considered as a successful iteration, which paved the way for several follow-up iterations under the running category, the SL 76 and SL 80. 

Almost five decades after, Adidas re-introduced the low-profile Adidas SL 72 to the modern market, not as running footwear but as a stylish lifestyle sneaker. The Adidas Originals SL 72 was launched in almost OG form but reworked to deliver better comfort, durability, and quality. The cushioning system was enhanced, while the overall aesthetics were streamlined for a better appeal.

Nice to know

  • The rubber outsole of Adidas Originals SL 72 for men and women displays the traction dynamics system, which was initially seen on several 70s rubber footwear.
  • This shark-tooth rubber traction provides a reliable grip on various surfaces.
  • Adidas logo can be seen on the tongue, heel, midsole, and carved on the rubber outsole. 
  • The serrated leather 3-Stripe branding can be seen stitched on the sides.

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, EVA, Nylon / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.