Adidas Samba new collection.
Adidas Samba new collection.

The return of retro

Adidas’s classic Spezial gets a Sporty & Rich makeover in new collaboration

The Adidas Samba has had a great run, but it’s ok to step back a little. Especially since the Spezial, another retro, sleek-looking shoe from the same house, is more than ready to take its place.

The Adidas Spezial was originally designed in Germany in the late Seventies as a shoe for handball, which is very demanding on footwear. The high-quality suede upper exterior, generous cushioning and reinforced heel made it an instant hit with handball players across Europe.

In the Eighties, however, laymen began appreciating the shoe’s sporty aesthetic and started wearing it with jeans and other casual clothes. And now, since fashion moves in cycles, the Spezial’s retro appeal is pushing it up the popularity charts again—this time, with men and women.

The appeal promises to get bigger with the new collaboration between Adidas and Sporty & Rich, the athleisure and preppy everyday basics brand from Los Angeles. The latest Adidas Originals x Sporty & Rich collection offers the Spezial in three delicious colours. Each pair features a suede upper, leather stripes, a leather heel mustache, and Sporty & Rich branding in gold foil. In case you’re looking to up your fashion game, on or off the field, maybe it’s time to pay a Spezial visit to the stores.

The New Indian Express