Solid sneaker staples will always form the reliable backbone of any good sneaker rotation. Team Trefoil still boast some of the most legendary sneakers in existence, the heavyweight imprint making cultural inroads in every enclave imaginable. From hip hop stalwarts to hoops Hall of Famers, these are the adidas sneakers any self-respecting sneakerhead needs to own.
Serving aces since time immemorial, the adidas Stan Smith still has plenty of stamina in 2022. Originally named the ‘adidas Robert Haillet’ (after the brand endorsed French tennis player Robert Haillet), the model was later renamed Stan Smith, a then rising American tennis player in the late 1960s. Lauded by fans across the globe for its versatility, the Stan Smith is now overhauling the archival materials for more sustainable options, the uppers featuring 50 per cent recycled content.
A cultural powerhouse since its inception in the late 1960s, the adidas Superstar leapt off the hardwood to become one of the most ubiquitous sneakers in the world. Known for its legendary shell-toe design, the sneaker has been embraced by everyone from hip hop royalty like Run-DMC to Japan’s fashion vanguard.
Need to score buckets in the style department? You can always depend on the adidas Superstar.
The adidas Forum has enjoyed an eye-watering resurgence in recent years, the heritage hooper tapped for numerous high-end collaborations and solid in-line colourways. Born in 1984, it was the first sneaker to break the three-digit price tag, the silhouette loaded with all of adi’s starry-eyed tech of the mid-80s.
It didn’t take long for the Forum to transcend its basketball roots, however, the throwback hook-and-loop strap binding together sprawling culture movements in art and hip hop.
The latest Forum Mid forms part of adi’s Parley for the Oceans partnership, the black and white uppers made with at least 50 per cent recycled materials. The hook-and-loop strap are this time stamped with text reading: ‘PARLEY’ and ‘FOR THE OCEANS’.
Tread lightly. Drip heavy.
adidas Nizza Trek
It's time to take a hike! Remixing a basketball sneaker that originally appeared in the 1980s, the adidas Nizza is taking cues from the great outdoors for its next expedition, the Nizza Trek bolstering the the outsoles with a thick, chunky grip.