The list of timelessly cool sneakers from Adidas Originals.
Produced in 1968, the Gazelle’s original purpose lies hidden in mystery and speculation. Its silhouette suggests that it could have begun as an indoor soccer shoe. The streamlined shape, simple styling and flat sole are topped off with the suede upper to create a classic piece of design. It made a real impact on the early hip-hop scene, is worn by b-boys today and has been adopted by skaters and indie-rockers alike.
First produced in 1969, the Adidas Superstar was the first low-top leather basketball shoe made. With its rubber toe box, it became known as the “shell toe”. The styling and fit were adopted by key figures on the hip-hop scene. The shoes reached iconic status when the rap group Run-DMC endorsed them and paid homage in the track, My adidas
. They remain icons today.
The Adidas Forum builds upon classic Adidas styling to produce a slightly heavier and chunkier kick. Finding cool Forums can be tricky as they do disappear fast, especially if you live in the Midwest. Also listed as one of the hottest high tops on the streets, you can find these in all sort of colors and cool anniversary editions. You can start browsing for a pair here.
Back in 1979, the adidas Top Ten basketball sneaker made its entry into the adidas basketball line-up. Tried and tested by ten of the NBA's finest, this shoe is reborn with a clean style, and a synthetic leather upper built for comfort. Lighter and less bulkier than the Adidas Forum, those who like less to carry around, choose the Top Ten over the Forums.
First introduced in 1977 as a training shoe, the Samoa took game day to the streets and has become a decades-long fan favorite. The Samoa’s durability and lasting style meant it wasn’t going anywhere as its popularity grew. Known for its signature suede toe box and distinctive Trefoil tread, the Samoa is available in a wide range of colors and has the versatility to dominate any scene.
First released in 1982 as the Tournament, the Campus is without a doubt one of the most iconic adidas sneakers ever produced. Known on the hip-hop scene and soon adopted by skateboarders worldwide, the Campus gained a following after Brooklyn rappers the Beastie Boys started to wear the shoe religiously. The association was immortalized in the cover of their 1992 album Check Your Head
The Adidas Decade Hi is from the eighties and it's often overlooked as one of Adidas's classic gems. Found in an array of cool, and equally pukey, colors, Decade Hi's a slouchy versions of Forums. For under $30, this sneaker is a steal.