Leather is considered by some as an upgrade over canvas. This is the kind of material that gives sneakers more durability, protection, and sophistication. Many of the most popular leather shoes are variations of the original models that were previously made of mesh or canvas. See *leather sneakers*
The material that is originally designed for sneakers. Back then, canvas was sought after as it was durable, flexible, and extremely lightweight. Today, sneakers made of canvas are wide-ranging as they are normally affordable with plenty of options where style and versatility go. See *canvas sneakers*
Suede kicks are covered with a fibrous version of animal leather giving its users shoes with a softer and more luxurious finish. These footwear provide more durability but considered disadvantageous as it attracts water and dirt easily. Suede sneakers are typically worn during Spring and Winter as many found this modish while providing warmth for the chilly days. See *suede sneakers*
The most common of all materials used in sneakers or shoes of all kinds. Whether it's a performance shoe or a lifestyle shoe, mesh is a most coveted material. It is durable, breathable, and is one of the reasons why a shoe is reasonably-priced.
At the forefront of technological innovation is knit. It offers breathability, sophistication, durability, and lightness that is not found in other materials. It is arguably the best material found in the upper of a sneaker.
The tried and tested outsole material of practically all shoes. It brings a nice mix of cushioning, durability, and impact protection.
The skaters' bestfriend is known for its flexible and soft nature for better board feel. Sneakers with vulcanized sole are ideal for skating for just a casual walk around town.
Also known as crepe soles, gum soles are sought by sneaker fans for their hot or edgy look while bringing in a ton of grip on slippery conditions. It is also more durable than regular rubber soles.
Cup soles are basically the regular rubber variety but with more height on the side walls that allow the rubber to "cup" the upper part of the shoe. The design offers better support during movement.
Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Although breathability is subjective, it is safe to say that shoes that are mainly made of mesh or has perfortations are particularly superb in providing optimum ventilation. Breathable shoes are sought after as they help prevent users from developing blisters or having a slipper feet. Sneakers with good ventilation also enable sneaker fans from using their shoes sockless without fear of having a smelly feet. See *breathable sneakers*
Fit is highly personal and a shoe that is Orthotic-friendly raises this feature to a different level. Sneakers with removable insoles allow the user to be more comfortable and also give a more "customized" support based on usage. Across all brands, Orthotic-friendly shoes are found at an affordable price and in stylish designs. See *orthotic-friendly sneakers*
Vegan sneakers are generally produced using methods and materials that do not involve experimentation on animals, which make them technically cruelty-free. Ideally, all sections of a vegan sneaker – from its upper down to its sole composition, including the ingredients used in the assembly of the shoe, such as adhesives -- are free of any traces of animal parts and animal by-products. See *vegan sneakers*
Style never goes out even during the rainy season. Sneakers made of waterproof material is quickly becoming a must-have, particularly for people on the go. Waterproof sneakers prevent water from seeping into the shoe and help keep the foot warm and dry.
Sneakers with reflective materials are now sought by many. Although shoes of this type are not as important as those used for running, these kind of sneakers are also needed by sneaker fans for safety, particularly while going out at night.
Also dubbed as ugly shoes or turbo trainers, dad sneakers are chunky footwear inspired by the rubber shoes our fathers strutted in the 80s and 90s. These kicks feature massive soles adding few inches to the wearers' heights, with a thick and well-padded upper for ultra-comfortable strides, and often finished with curvy lines, patterns, and striking colors for flashier charm. See *Dad sneakers*
In the sneaker world, classic is the name of the game. The older the shoe is, the more it is sought-after by sneaker fans. Classic sneakers are basically the original models with very little or almost no changes since they were released years ago. Fans of classic sneakers can have their fill as the choices are so many and they vary in price, style, and design. See *classic sneakers*
Oversized and thick soles best describe platform sneakers. Specifically, sneakers within this category are outfitted with at least 1” sole. *Puma Thunder Spectra* and *Balenciaga Triple S Trainers* are the widely popular models of this category. The trend started and continues to be a hit among women, but has recently caught the attention of men as well. See *platform sneakers*
These are sneakers that are initially released in the past, preferably a decade ago, and eventually resurrected due to its popularity. These re-released sneakers are now assembled with modern materials though their constructions lie close to the original model. Some of the most famous lines capitalizing on this trend come from the Jordan series as well as the Air Max, New Balance 990, Adidas EQT lines to name a few. See *retro sneakers*
Adidas' most popular cushioning technology, BOOST utilizes the TPU(thermoplastic polyurethane) in the midsole that offers superior energy return and impact absorption to wearers. Many of Adidas' classic sneakers are now featuring this sophisticated midsole tech.
Adidas fuses its own technology on ordinary fabric to create a flexible, yet long lasting upper. This material is renowned for enhancing the comfort and and fit of sneakers in Adidas collection.
A midsole cushioning tech that provides efficient shock absorption in the forefoot and heel. An enhanced version is also available, called the AdiPRENE+.
The Nike Joyride is a cushioning technology that uses thousands of strategically positioned small TPE beads in the midsole. These beads arrange themselves around the foot for a unique underfoot experience. As the foot strikes the ground, the beads experience multi-directional displacement to absorb the impact while maximizing the energy return.
The Nike Lunarlon is a lightweight cushioning technology that was inspired by the manner on how astronauts bounce on the moon. This tech provides spring-like cushioning to its wearers and distributes impact across the foot. This shock-absorbing technology is used in many of Nike's performance sneakers, such as basketball, tennis, skateboarding, running, and training.
The top of the line upper material of Nike that is made of micro-engineered knit for lightweight, durable, and form-fitting fit. Sneakers with Flyknit uppers are some of the most comfortable shoes around.
One of Vans' latest tech that is launched to improve the comfort and support of the old classics. Most of Vans' iconic shoes now offer this midsole and outsole tech for an even better sneaker experience.
Vans' DNA as a skating brand is not lost despite their classics being used as a lifestyle wear than usual skating. For loyal Vans fans, the UltraCush HD for sockliners brings more protection without sacrificing board feel from the brand's top of the line sneakers.
These are sneakers that are normally durable, versatile, and are usually stylish due to the spring-like vibrant colors. There's a wide variety of options for those who wish to travel in Spring as the choices for breathable and comfortable sneakers are just as easily available. Considering that Spring sneakers are some of the most affordable and versatile on the market, it's no wonder they are a dime dozen for everyone. See *spring sneakers*
These must-cop kicks for the warm season are typically made of durable, lightweight, and breathable materials that will lessen its wearer's chance of having smelly or sweaty feet. Generally covered with brightly colored hues, these heat-busting footwear will surely suit the intense heat of the sun while keeping the user's overall ensemble on-point for the summer. See *summer sneakers*
Still retaining its street-style look, these winter-ready sneakers will undoubtedly keep its wearers feeling comfortable and toasty even when the temperature is way below the freezing point. These kicks are commonly loaded with innovative fabrics, lining, and right technologies designed to retain heat aiding its wearers to survive the sub-zero temperature. Also, some brands add grippy lugs on its flexible outsole for wearers to endure the slushy, slippery terrains. See *winter sneakers*
Sneakers that can be quickly put on or removed and usually possess an upper with a fused tongue with matching elastic accents to keep the shoe in place. Some shoes with straps, toggle laces, and waterproofed iterations in a bootie construction exclude them almost naturally from being called slip-ons. Most major brands contain at least one slip-on in their catalog while a few like Vans and Keds capitalize on the trend.
Easily the most common and popular type of closure in sneakers. The use of laces allow the user a more customized fit and hold. It is for this reason that lace-up shoes are extremely popular and versatile.
Sneaker fans who value convenience find these shoes perfect for their needs. For those who are always on the go, sneakers with straps as closure are a must have. Previously coming almost exclusively in white, different brands now offer this kind of shoes in a multitude of colorways for versatility when it comes to style.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
Adidas unveiled their sub-brand Adidas Originals in 2001 that covers the sports-inspired lifestyle sneakers stirred from the silhouettes from their archives. The Adidas Originals sneakers are classified as:
Re-introduced - iterations that are remakes of the classic sneakers offered in limited volume.
Re-interpreted - sneakers that are based on the authentic sports version but revamped the color, materials, and few details.
Re-designed - these are modernized kicks inspired by the old Adidas Originals in terms of style and craftsmanship to fit into the current fashion setting.
For buyers who are having difficulty in deciding which of the Adidas sneakers they would choose, our team collated some of the most notable Adidas Originals sneakers from the Three Stripes' archives with brief narratives to help the buyers in picking the kick that will suit them.
Most iconic Adidas Originals sneakers
Adidas Stan Smith
Since 1965, these kicks have been rocking the green courts and the city streets with its simplicity which made it so classic and influential. In 1988, 2 million pairs of Stan Smith were sold around the globe. Adidas made one major decision in 2012 - the company terminated the production of Smith due to congestion in the market. Two years of being off the rack, Adidas Stan Smith made a huge comeback in 2014.
Countless collaborations and different versions of the Stan Smith are currently being offered in public. In fact, Stan Smith has been tagged as the All-Time Best Selling Shoe among the Adidas Originals sneakers. Here are few of the favorite iterations of the Stan Smith:
The Stan Smith has endured several revamping by various names in the fashion and sports industry to further widen the range of the Stan Smith market. Here are some of the renowned Stan Smith versions in the market:
Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith
Pharrell Williams x Adidas Stan Smith Small Polka Dot
Adidas Y-3 Stan Zip
This model has been tagged as one of the most successful basketball silhouettes launched in the market. In 1969, the Adidas Superstar was the first ever presented basketball footwear in the market with low-top profile and made of a full-leather upper. It was coined 'Shell-Toe' by the iconic NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabar for its toecap that resembles a shell. This timeless feature held a significant role in the rise of the modern sneakers culture.
During the downhill plunge of Superstar's sales in the market, the hip-hop culture resurrected the silhouette when the shoe was seen worn few times by the famous hip-hop artists in their concerts, and albums covers. It was the first time music and sports brand partnered to market a product, and seamlessly, it turned successful.
This silhouette has undergone several and various revamping to suit a wide range of consumers. Here are few samples of Adidas Originals sneakers molded from the Superstar model:
Initially launched in the 80s, the Campus sneakers were unveiled as basketball footwear and initially called the Tournament. The Campus model was dubbed as a low-key sibling of the more popular models Superstar, Gazelle, and Stan Smith. This model was able to cross the Adidas Originals sneakers category when a renowned hip-hop group Run DMC and Beastie Boys were seen sporting this silhouette during their peak years in the 90s.
Several years after, Adidas Originals rebooted this low-top model and launched various kicks molded from the Campus silhouette. Here are several iterations fashioned after the Adidas Campus:
Adidas Campus Adicolor
Adidas Campus Hairy Suede
Adidas Campus Stitch and Turn
Adidas Campus CNY
Adidas Campus x AllTimers
Like the other iconic silhouettes, several names popular in the world of fashion, music, and sports came up with their take on the Adidas Campus. Here are few of them:
Adidas Campus 2 + NBA
Adidas Campus x Alltimers
Adidas White Mountaineering Campus 80s
Colette x UNDFT x Adidas Consortium Campus 80s
In 2015, Adidas thought of launching a design not specifically for any sport, but just for traveling along the streets. The brand christened it as the NMD and was designed by the Adidas veteran designer Nic Galway who wanted a design that has a unique profile and very identifiable even from afar. He then took inspirations from the archives of Adidas and modernized it and incorporated everything he wanted in shoes - simplicity, and functionality.
Like any other famed shoes, NMD has been resold as much as 1000USD. The high demand for these Adidas Originals sneakers are not due to the people collecting them, but for people who are going to use them- children, tourists, and workers. The high demand reflects the comfort this shoe delivers to the wearers and how established the association of these shoes with the general consumers.
Listed below are few of the renowned sneakers taken a cue from the NMD silhouette:
As expected, several names launched their versions of the NMD because of the immense popularity of these Adidas Originals sneakers to the contemporary market. Here are few of the distinguished NMD versions:
BAPE x Adidas NMD_R1
Nice Kicks x Adidas NMD
Adidas U&A Sons NMD CS2 Primeknit
Adidas Neighborhood NMD_R1_PK
The Gazelle was molded from 1960s Rom silhouette, face-lifted with white 3-Stripe logo, bright-colored suede upper and T-toe overlay that serves as the iconic element of this model. In the 80s when the pop-culture dominated the market, Gazelle sneakers were spotted worn by the several celebrities, such as Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, and the legendary Run DMC hip-hop group which landed them a $1 million endorsement deal with the Three Stripes.
These Adidas Originals sneakers were originally created as the go-to footwear for soccer training and launched in a simple design that can also be used for casual events. Just like the other iconic profile, the Gazelle has undergone several overhauling to fit various preferences of consumers. As the years' pass, the Gazelle opened up with using several modern materials in various color schemes.
Here are few distinguished Gazelle models presently available in the market:
Adidas Gazelle Primeknit
Adidas Gazelle Cutout
Adidas World Cup Gazelle Super Essential
Adidas Gazelle Stitch and Turn
In the early 90’s, The Three Stripes was in near bankruptcy. One of the engineers of Nike Air Jordan 1 named Peter Moore joined Adidas and conceptualized the Equipment Range or the EQT Line. This series eliminated all the unnecessary and focused on delivering high-performance and comfortable footwear for running.
The EQT line introduced the Torsion technology in the running sneakers and their one of a kind lacing system. Several iterations were retro-ed in the market, and few Adidas Originals sneakers collaborations were unveiled using the EQT as their base model:
Because of the unique outsole design of the Tubular, these sneakers easily gained popularity in the sneakers' domain. Its design was taken a cue from the inner tubing of car tires which displays an element that is ahead of its time without being too pricey.
While it was not readily embraced when it was launched in 1993, the company decided to resurrect it in 2014. After five years of research, the brand successfully combined history, sports, and style in the modern Tubular iterations.
Some of the Adidas Tubular iterations currently in the market are:
These football-inspired Samba Adidas Originals sneakers were designed to keep its wearers' feet dry and covered from the icy ground during the winter games. It was introduced in the 50s and clad with kangaroo-leather on its upper rested atop a durable, grippy, and flexible gum rubber outsole.
Because of its simplicity, these kicks effortlessly turned into an essential piece in the street-wear fashion. Several celebrities donned these kicks which landed the brand to come up with an idea of revamping this model to suit the various needs of a wide array of consumers.
Just like most of the iconic models, this kick has been tweaked a few times and unveiled in the market using various materials and colorways while staying authentic to its classic look. Here are few of the most prominent variations of the Adidas Samba:
Adidas Samba Super Suede
Adidas Samba MC
Adidas Samba Sock Primeknit
Adidas Samba SPZL
Adidas Samba ADV
These sneakers were introduced as running footwear in 1984 that cover a vast range of consumers' needs - from terrains to roads, for short distance to long-range run. The ZX easily turned as an iconic profile for its innovative technologies inserted over time to fit specific types of runners.
The ZX profile has launched numerous iterations that are reflected significant to the current trend. These fashionable Adidas Originals sneakers impressively represented the athletic roots of the Three Stripes. Few of the Adidas Original sneakers included in the ZX line are:
These Adidas Originals sneakers were taken a cue from footwear that provides ample support and comfort during the repetitive and vigorous actions of the feet while running. Some of the features of athletic running kicks can also be spotted on their lifestyle counterpart tweaked to make it more stylish. While patterned from the running shoe DNA, these sneakers are not recommended for running or performing any sports activities. Few examples of sneakers under this category are:
Adidas I-5923 - Launched in 2016 as Iniki, these Adidas Originals sneakers display an upper that resembles the Gazelle. The brand tweaked this classic silhouette with Boost midsole to supply unmatched comfort.
Adidas A3 Twinstrike - Adidas unveiled another sneaker from their archive known as the A3 Twinstrike that first utilized the A3 cushioning system during the early 2000s. What made this kick striking is its elevated heel to enhance the comfort and add notable style.
Adidas Boston Super Primeknit - To pay homage to the annual Boston marathon, the Three Stripes launched the Adidas Boston Super in 1984. In 2017, the Adidas and the Mountaineering collaborated to modernize the iconic Boston silhouette by using the Primeknit upper.
Adidas Deerupt Runner - Debuting in 2018, these Adidas Originals sneakers display simple and unique features encased with webbing details to make it more attractive. These kicks use midsole inspired from the 70s running footwear to add some classic element to this modern sneaker.
Adidas Dragon OG - These sneakers were initially unveiled in 1971 as the first running shoe with nylon upper. These sneakers turned an instant favorite on and off the track; thus led the Adidas to conceive a street-ready version of the Dragon.
These training-inspired Adidas Originals sneakers were spin-offs of classic training kicks that provide foot support and comfort on various parts of the foot. Although these sneakers carry the facets of classic training kicks, it is not designed to withstand the high-demand of training activities. There are few Adidas Originals sneakers molded from training footwear, these are:
Adidas Berlin - Part of the European City Series, these re-issue versions of the Adidas Berlin feature premium suede upper seated atop a rubber outsole. These blue sneakers flaunt its upside-down Berlin typescript to add a luxurious vibe to these must-have classic kicks.
Adidas BW Army - With its colorful history, the re-introduced BW Army sneakers feature the classic details revamped with minor facets for the modern consumers. It displays a luxurious design yet offered at an affordable price point.
Adidas BW Avenue - These modernized 70s training kicks feature few court-classic elements to suit the street-fashion. These Adidas Originals sneakers brag its unmatched comfort, lightness, and sleek style that suits the casual fashion.
Adidas Hamburg - These street-ready Adidas Originals sneakers were originally celebrated in the 80s as part of the City Series. It displayed a slim silhouette clad with premium materials and details and eye-catching gum rubber midsole.
Adidas Montreal 76 - The Adidas Montreal 76 are men-specific lifestyle sneakers that display retro-vibe yet with an on-trend look. These kicks are offered in two colorways and can work well with any laidback attire.
Adidas Munchen - The Adidas Munchen sneakers stayed authentic to its heritage twisted with modern features to make it more stylish. These Adidas Originals kicks have been praised for its all-day comfort and versatility that can go well with any attire.
The tennis-inspired Adidas Originals sneakers displayed the classic heritage elements and remodeled for the modern street-style necessities. Most of it is dressed with a straightforward and clean look as conformity to the dress code in the tennis sport. These lifestyle kicks have traces of few stability features and lateral support that suggest ample comfort and support for quick movements on the green courts. Several Adidas Originals sneakers patterned after the classic tennis sneakers are:
Adidas 350 - In 2017, Adidas re-introduced their classic silhouette for the modern shoppers called the 350, which was originally made available in Japan. These sneakers are dressed in a mixture of soft leather and synthetic leather offered at a very budget-friendly price range of $80.
Adidas Advantage Clean VS Lifestyle - These Adidas Originals sneakers are often called 'a practical alternative to the Stan Smith' as they both display simple, stylish, and versatile leather tennis-inspired look. The minimalist design of these kicks allows them to be used in virtually any casual ensemble.
Adidas Everyn - These women-exclusive sneakers were launched in 2018 that display futuristic and minimalist look with hints of its heritage elements. These kicks flaunt few Stan Smith and Superstar features that make these shoes more charming.
Adidas Forest Hill - These sneakers originated in the Three Stripes 1970s tennis kicks named after the Forest Hills Stadium, the home to the US Open and Gram Slam games in 1978. These Adidas Originals sneakers were re-introduced using premium white leather upper with its signature yellow sole and metallic details to make it more appealing. The brand also introduced black sneakers version of the Forest Hill for the modern market.
These sneakers go well with the uncertainties of one's day - providing ample protection and performance while staying casually fashionable. Hiking-inspired Adidas Originals sneakers infused performance technologies with casual designs that can be considered a staple in street fashion. The growing trend of hiking-inspired kicks can be associated with the emerging interest in fitness and wellness of most consumers. Here are some of the notable hiking-inspired kicks under the Adidas Originals collection:
Adidas AF 1.3 Primeknit Boots - These black and white sneakers are presented as the fusion of sneakers and boots which make it very striking for the majority of purchasers. The brand engineered it to suit the cold and wet weather conditions with a slightly expensive price range.
Adidas Seeulater OG - The Seeulater seamlessly fused the rugged boot with casual kicks' comfort. The brand designed a sock-like collar to provide ample ankle support and add a futuristic look.
These sneakers have a flat sole with ample cushioning suitable for board control and comfort and foot support. The Adidas Originals collection inserted elements to increase the durability as skaters subject their skate-inspired Adidas Originals sneakers to various abrasiveness. These sneakers display stylish design just like the following sneakers:
Adidas Adi-Trek - These shoes are the high-top version of the favorite Adiease skating shoe. These Adidas Originals sneakers are made of flexible and durable vulcanized outsole that provides superb traction on icy and wet grounds. The brand also inserted features which make these kicks wearable on freezing weather conditions.
Adidas AW Skate Mid - Adidas' collaboration with Alexander Wang conceived eye-catching iterations, and one of it is the AW Skate Mid iteration which features modernized take on classic skate kicks. Its chunky and multi-colored sole adds an attractive appeal for the majority of the consumers.
Adidas City Cup - This brand new profile was launched in 2018 as tough skateboarding sneakers taken a cue from the double cup midsole design of the designer Scott Johnson. These sneakers are offered in a stylish look that delivers a sufficient amount of support and stability while staying on-trend.
These Adidas Originals shoes display the aesthetics of basketball shoes but not designed to bear up the arduous feet movement on the hard courts. Most of the basketball shoes in the current market can also be qualified as lifestyle kicks for its appealing and noteworthy look. Some examples of basketball-inspired sneakers are the following:
Adidas Extaball - These basketball-inspired kicks display vulcanized rubber outsole with high-top upper dressed in a various range of materials. They boast the retro vibe injected with the right amount of cushioning and comfort suitable for all-day use.
Adidas Half Shell Vulc - Drawn from the silhouette of classic basketball shoes, the Adidas Half Shell Vulc was tweaked to suit the skateboarding domain. These vintage-looking Adidas Originals sneakers were commended several times for its lightness and comfort apt for the onboard use while strutting a basketball heritage profile.
Adidas Top Ten Hi - These 70s-inspired sneakers dominated the hard-courts in the 70s until the 80s with its high-cut profile made entirely of premium leather. The re-launched iteration still looking fresh and on-trend without sacrificing the unmatched comfort and durability.
These football-crossover Adidas Originals sneakers may not have all the technical features of the soccer cleats but display elements reminiscent of football footwear. Some iterations from various categories, such as basketball and skateboarding, mash up with the colorways and aesthetics inspired from the soccer kicks. Few samples Adidas Originals sneakers roused from the soccer cleats are the following:
Adidas Bermuda - These sneakers were first seen in the 70s alongside with its siblings, Adidas Jamaica, Somao, Trinidad, and Tahiti. It was re-launched in 2017 as a voguish lifestyle kick with its premium suede upper and classic serrated 3-Stripe branding.
Campus Hairy Suede - The 70s kicks Adidas Samba were revamped with eye-catching hairy suede upper and kept all the classic details such as reinforced toe cap and rubber outsole.
Adidas Samba Sock Primeknit - These black sneakers used the 50s football kick silhouette, re-engineered with a modern technology called Primeknit on the upper to provide a snug fit and maximized breathability. These Adidas Originals sneakers stayed genuine to its heritage details such as black dominated colorway seated atop the flexible gumsole.
Adidas Gazelle Leather - These soccer-inspired Adidas Originals sneakers debuted in 1966 that can be easily matched with practically any ensembles. With its classic look, some opt to style these kicks with jeans or chinos paired up with a crisp top.
According to the collar height
These Adidas Originals sneakers have low collar height to maximize the range of motion. Low-top sneakers are commonly see worn in the streets as they are more versatile and easy to style. Here are few samples of low-top sneakers under the Adidas Originals collection:
Adidas Haven - This 2017 sneaker took inspiration from the 70s running silhouette and displays micro-mesh upper with suede details. This retro-style kick is offered in multiple colorways which buyers can easily choose from.
Adidas Iniki Runner - The Iniki Runner was inspired from the 70s running silhouette tweaked to conceive a brand new profile. This model was successful in fusing classic details with modern on-trend style and technologies.
Adidas Hamburg GTX - While the Hamburg silhouette has already secured its spot in the iconic status, the brand re-engineered it to make it all weather-ready. These kicks were made of durable, lightweight, and waterproof GTX on its upper.
These sneakers flaunt ankle-high cut to deliver better ankle support. In the past years, Adidas Originals sneakers with this cut have dominated the basketball domain as it provided sufficient support without restricting the range of motion. Several mid-top Adidas Originals sneakers are as follows:
Adidas Crazy 1 ADV Primeknit - These basketball sneakers from 2000 have undergone few revamping to suit the lifestyle fashion. The brand dressed the Crazy 1 silhouette with Primeknit upper with EVA midsole and translucent rubber outsole to give a standout look.
Adidas AW Run Mid - The collaboration with fashion designer Alexander Wang gave rise to on-trend and appealing footwear, inspired from the classic running sneakers. These sock-like sneakers parade its eccentric details, a signature look of Wang's designs.
Adidas Crazy 1 ADV - Originally unveiled as The Kobe, Adidas introduced the Crazy 1 ADV silhouette that features a minimalist and futuristic element that will suit the casual fashion. These sneakers used premium materials to deliver utmost comfort and durability that can match the more renowned NMDs and Boost iterations.
These casual kicks provide more ankle support and comfort by using a collar height that extends beyond the ankle. Most of the high-top sneakers were injected with ample padding on the collar to maximize the support. While these shoes are considered stylish and edgy, some felt that it lacks versatility. Here are few of Adidas Originals sneakers with high-top profile:
Adidas Jake Blauvelt Boot - Adidas collaborated with snowboarder Jake Blauvelt to come up with high-top black sneakers. These Adidas Originals sneakers are lightweight, long-lasting, and apt for foul weather conditions while providing comfort.
Adidas Crazy 1 ADV Sock Primeknit - These kicks resemble the luxuriously pricey Balenciaga Speed Trainer, were molded from basketball kick reworked to suit the fashionable lifestyle trend. It displays sock-like high-top upper that hugs the feet comfortably and stylishly.
Matchcourt High RX - These Adidas Originals shoes were designed durable and robust details to withstand skate abuse. These kicks solidly blended the style and function that can seamlessly blend the street fashion.
According to price
Affordable price range
The Adidas Originals sneakers included in this range has a price range of $60-$110. Most of these kicks are available widely and composed of standard shoe materials such as mesh, nylon, textile, and leather. Few samples of kicks found in this price range are:
Adidas Los Angeles
Adidas Marathon TR
Average price range
These sneakers have a price range of $111-$150 and have more elaborate details and use more modern technologies, such as Primeknit and Boost. Here are few notable sneakers found in this price range:
These kicks have a price range of $151-$250 and available only in limited numbers. These Adidas Originals sneakers are mostly part of collaborations with various retailers, designers, and artists. Some of the shoes found in this price range are:
Adidas Samba Recon LT
Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Tennis Hu BC
Adidas White Mountaineering NMD_R1 Trail Primeknit
Adidas Twinstrike ADV
Very expensive price range
The sneakers found in the very expensive price range can go as high as $400 depending on its availability and the materials used. Most of the kicks found here are the collaborations with luxury brands and designers. Here are few of the Adidas Originals sneakers covered in this range:
Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith
Adidas AW BBall Lo
Adidas EQT Support Ultra CNY
Notable Adidas Originals collaborations
The Adidas Originals has a long list of collaborations with entertainment, sports, and fashion under its umbrella over the years. We listed down a few of our favorites Adidas Originals sneakers collaborations below:
Kanye West first partnered with Adidas in 2006, but his design was never unveiled. He then moved to Nike and launched their very first product called Yeezy 1 in 2009. But that relationship ended after three years, which then paved the way for West to work with other brands such as Reebok and Louis Vuitton.
Fast forward, West and Adidas are both in the cloud nine for their hugely successful and popular releases since their partnership began in 2013. In Adidas, unlike with Nike, West cited that he had more creative freedom which allows him to echo his style and preferences. West also enjoys royalty with every Yeezy sold under the Three Stripes, which he did not enjoy with the Swoosh.
Here are few of the notable Adidas Originals sneakers from the Yeezy collection:
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700
Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost
Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost
Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost V2
Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost V2 Zebra
Another music artist joined the camp of the Three Stripes in 2014 to create unique sneakers and apparels for the Summer 2014 collection. The brand announced that Williams' collection used the Bionic Yarn - ocean debris that is re-engineered into reusable materials.
Williams' creativity and the Adidas' capability in delivering high-quality and voguish kicks will surely conceive noteworthy Adidas Originals sneakers. Here are few of the creations of this powerful partnership:
Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD
Pharrell Williams Tennis Hu
Pharrell Williams Hu Holi NMD BC
Pharrell Williams x Adidas Superstar Supercolor Pack
Pharrell Williams x Adidas Stan Smith Small Polka Dot
This partnership began in 2005 by offering high-performance sportswear for a wide range of sports exclusively for the ladies. This innovative partnership provides unique designs with sleek details without sacrificing the exceptional femininity of the women.
Later on, this collaboration transformed high-performance kicks into highly fashionable ones by creating street-ready Adidas Originals sneakers. Here are few of the iterations devised from this partnership:
Adidas by Stella McCartney Ultra Boost
Adidas by Stella McCartney Ultra Boost X Mid
Adidas by Stella McCartney Adidas Pure Boost X
This outdoor-based label from the Tokyo collaborated with Adidas to release unique iterations that flaunt elements suitable for all-weather conditions. White Mountaineering is known for its highly technical fabrics on its highly fashionable streetwear.
Here are some of the highly recognized Adidas and White Mountaineering collaboration under the Adidas Originals sneakers collection:
Adidas Boston Super Primeknit
Adidas White Mountaineering Racing 1
Adidas Superstar White Mountaineering
Yamamoto and Adidas launched their most influential collaboration in the history of sneakers domain during the debut of the 2003 Spring/Summer collection. This Adidas Originals sneakers collaboration was named as such as 'Y' stands for Yohji Yamamoto while the 'E' signifies the signature three stripes of the Adidas, while the '-' represents the connection between these giant names in fashion and sports.
Enumerated below are some of the most notable sneakers under the Y-3 collection:
Adidas Y-3 Yohji Run
Adidas Y-3 Stan Zip
Adidas Y-3 Qasa Boot
Adidas Y-3 Kyujo Low
The Adidas Spezial Collection
The Adidas Originals launched the Spezial series in 2013 that is composed of sneakers drawn from the archives of the Three Stripes to echo the rich history of the brand. The brand appointed Gary Aspden, one of the avid fans of the brand from the UK, to curate the collection and to rediscover vintage models to reintroduce to the contemporary market.
These Adidas Originals shoes first gained popularity in Europe and gradually turning relevant in the United States' market. The Spezial team reissued classic silhouettes that were given with modern twist geared towards contemporary perspective. Meanwhile, the iterations that are difficult to improve were fused with some classic details to come up with brand new variations.
To date, the Spezial collection has secured its significance in the overall status of the Adidas Originals in the market. The collection grows each year and projects to launch a more extensive range of products fitting for innumerable followers' preferences.
Here are few of the Adidas Originals sneakers under the Spezial collection:
Adidas Intack SPZL
Adidas TRX SPZL
Adidas Winterhill SPZL
Adidas Padiham SPZL
Adidas Handball Kreft SPZL
Adidas New York SPZL
Adidas Lacombe SPZL
Adidas CLMBA SPZL
Adidas Spiritus SPZL
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Adidas Originals and Adidas Performance?
The Adidas Performance uses the iconic 3-Stripe logo and intended for the users who are into sport. This group was tasked to give devotion to the athletes by producing high-quality sportswear such as tracksuits, shoes, dealing with team sponsorships for various sports and any other transactions typical of a sports/apparel brands.
Meanwhile, the Adidas Originals uses the Trefoil logo and meant to focus on the casual clothing and sneakers that concentrations on the heritage designs from the 1940s up to the 80s. Also, the Adidas Originals releases new silhouettes that were taken inspired by the retro profile from the Three Stripes' archive.
Why does Adidas NEO cost less than the Adidas Originals?
Adidas NEO sub-brand was formed to provide affordable yet high-quality sneakers to cater to the younger market. The NEO produces fresh and sleek designs that use less expensive materials without sacrificing the quality. This line is intended for buyers who do not want to shell out too much why staying stylish and comfortable.
Furthermore, Adidas Originals concentrated on re-introducing and revamping classic profile. This line not only provides the consumers with classic style but also imparts a portion of the rich history of the company and the silhouettes. This line also uses topnotch quality and craftsmanship, making it more durable and comfortable than the NEO line.
Where can I buy Adidas Originals sneakers?
Adidas Originals shoes are widely available worldwide. Almost all Adidas stores around the globe sell Adidas Originals. Meanwhile, some malls and retail stores also sell this line that would give its buyers a chance to try on these sneakers. For buyers who would instead purchase online, they may pick from a vast array of online retailers and fashion sites found on the web that offers Adidas Originals sneakers.
What is the size range of the Adidas Originals shoes?
Adidas Originals sneakers are offered in men, women, and kids sizing. Most of the sneakers of the Adidas Originals have a size range of 5 to 16 and women have a size range of 5 to 14 in US. Unisex pairs are also offered for the adults and women are advised to take one size down their regular sizes for a more comfortable fit.
What does NMD stand for?
Nic Galway, the designer of the NMD, has been asked this question several times. He revealed that NMD stands for 'Nomad,' a member of a group who continuously relocates from one place to another. That is fundamentally the concept of Galway to create a shoe that can be worn by people who are in endless travel. He desired his sneaker to fit the wandering lifestyle - a life without limitations. He conceptualized engineering Adidas Originals sneakers which people can pack and wear anywhere and accomplish anything minus the experiencing of dragging something along.
What is the difference between the Adidas Spezial and the Adidas Spezial Collection?
Adidas Spezial is Adidas Originals sneakers that were initially introduced as handball shoe. These kicks are made of high-quality suede upper with a generous amount of cushioning to provide comfort and durability on the indoor courts. These sneakers were spotted worn by the Germany, Holland, and Scandinavian team and quickly turned their favorite kick.
Meanwhile, the Adidas Spezial Collection is composed of iconic designs from the past and re-engineered it with contemporary elements for a modern look. This line is composed of shoes and apparel to represent the rich history and cultural impact of the Three Stripes' archive.
What does the Trefoil logo mean?
The word Trefoil was derived from the Latin word that means 'three-leaved plant.' The Trefoil logo symbolizes the Spirit of the Olympics. The three leaves embody the land massed - United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Meanwhile, the intersecting lines across the leaves signify the Diversity.
This logo easily turned as one of the most popular brand logos on the entire globe. It was seen worn by renowned athletes such as Stan Smith and Ilie Nastase on the tennis courts. It flawlessly expanded beyond sports as it was seen sported by celebrities and musicians.
Why Adidas started the Trefoil logo?
Adidas thought of expanding their business into leisure and apparel in the 60s which turned them into conceptualizing a logo that will represent their diversity. In 1972, the Trefoil logo debuted during the Olympics in Munich, Germany. Because of the immense popularity of the Trefoil logo in the lifestyle scenes, the Adidas decided to use the Trefoil logo exclusively to the Adidas Originals in 2001.
Aside from sneakers, what are the other products offered by the Adidas Originals?
Adidas Originals is a lifestyle sub-brand of the Three Stripes that offers an extensive range of products that suit the lifestyle fashion world. This sub-brand principally gives sneakers, apparels, and accessories that will satisfy the active yet fashionable lifestyle.
In their apparel line, Adidas Originals offers tracksuits, hoodies, t-shirts, and shorts. Meanwhile, the accessories line presents caps, socks, bags, watches, sunglasses, and even phone cases.
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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.