When it comes to elevated style that’s authentic to the heart of street culture, adidas Originals sits in its own lane. Driven by the rich heritage of the 3-Stripes enterprise, the subdivision stays killing the game with iconic collaborations and timeless designs. In this round-up, we’ll be giving you our top 10 adidas Originals sneakers *in no particular order*. If you’ve been craving some new heat to spice up your rotation, look no further. You’re truly spoilt for choice.
Starting off with a classic that’s having a big moment this year, it’s no other than the adidas Samba. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen everyone and their Nan flexing these kicks. And why wouldn’t they? Streamlined and timeless; the Samba is the perfect sneaker for achieving vintage steeze with minimal effort required. Sporting a refined ‘Core Black’ palette atop a gum outsole, this colourway couldn’t be more appropriate for the upcoming winter months.
Continuing on the Samba wave, you can’t go wrong with an OG. Arriving in a white, black and grey colour scheme, this iteration feels authentic to the sneakers pitch-coded heritage. Adorned with a granite-hued suede toe box and contrasting leather upper, these shoes tick all the boxes for a plethora of occasions. Whether you’re a casual wearer or streetwear connoisseur, this Samba OG is sure to match your vibe (and Insta feed).
Similar to its reverse titled counterpart, this colourway opts for a darker palette that’s ideal for a low-profile ‘fit. The suede toe box exhibits a deep midnight shade matching the smooth leather upper, complimented by a gum rubber outer. Bright white accents within the 3-Stripes and heel keeps things fresh, accompanied by a touch of gold foil branding. Crisp, cool and comfy. If you’re not yet a part of the Samba crew – what are you waiting for?
Arriving hot off the press, the Gazelle Indoor has been re-released in three smart palettes. Not only is this sneaker an obvious head-turner, but also oozes the vintage flair that adidas Originals is all about. Dropping alongside a ‘Core Black’ and ‘Blue Bird’ colourway, each sneaker sports a supple suede upper and white leather lining. The classic 3-Stripes emblem boasts a fresh snowy hue, posted atop a translucent gum sole unit. Flooded in a fresh look that’s street-style ready, we can’t get enough.
Originally debuting in the 60s, the Gazelle Indoor has passed the longevity test with flying colours. In this Collegiate Green iteration, we see a complimentary palette of green hues dress the exterior, grounded by the conventional gum rubber. Premium leather creates the foundation for the 3- Stripes and heel elements, flaunting a tiffany-esque hue. Delivering versatile style as Gazelles’ do, these kicks are an autumnal must-have.
Reminding us of blue cloudy skies in the midst of summer, the adidas Campus 00s ‘Ambient Sky’ is a top choice all-year round. Initially debuting court-side, the Campus has since evolved to a style that can be worn pretty much anywhere. Whether it’s a quick pint with friends or a smart-casual work event, you can count on these shoes to take your ‘fit from a 7 to 10. Showcasing a bright blue hue within the laces and insole, this iteration feels dreamy. As well as the undeniable visual appeal, this Campus utilises recyclable content for an iteration that feels as good as it looks.
If you’re into Y2K fashion, these Core Black Campus’ will give you everything you need. Flooded with classic black and white charisma, these kicks make an ideal go-to when in need of some versatile heat. Featuring enlarged laces and a trefoil branded tongue, the hereditary vintage essence couldn’t be more transparent.
Perhaps the loudest sneaker of the newly released Craig Green capsule, the Stan Smith Boost ‘Silver Metallic’ boasts a look that does exactly what it says on the tin. Dripping in silver detailing all over, this iteration revels in the shiny hue that has endured an undeniable spike in popularity this year (e.g. Wales Bonner’s viral silver Samba). Even the lacing, insole, outsole and tongue branding flaunt a grey shade, the perfect cherry on top to this monochromatic masterpiece.
When contrasting two hues that oppose one and other in the colour wheel, the result is visually delicious. And the ‘Wonder Glow’ Handball Spezial proves my point entirely. Dressed in an upper that clashes a striking blue with a banana-yellow, you can spot these kicks from a mile off. Turning up the personality factor to 100, these Spezials well and truly speak for themselves.
It wouldn’t be fair to do our top 10 and not include the classic adidas Gazelle. Situated within the B&W sector of our favourite adidas Originals, this sophisticated model is a rotation no-brainer. The Gazelle seamlessly brings a classic style to every look, wearable from day-to-night. Style with an all black tracksuit for a relaxed ‘fit, or dress up with cargos and a jumper for an effortlessly autumnal look.
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