Adidas' roots began in 1924 in Adolf "Adi" Dassler's wash kitchen in Bavaria, Germany. He registered his company under the name "Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik" that aimed to provide athletes high quality equipment. He started over in 1949 and renamed the company to "Adi Dassler Adidas Sportschuhfabrik" bearing the now-iconic three-stripe design.
The three-stripe company was catapulted into popularity after the German football team beat the Hungarians in the 1954 World Cup final while wearing Adidas shoes. With this feat, Adi Dassler found the secret to success in making athletic footwear. Athletes met with him and told him their specific concerns and needs, all of which Adi took into account while producing his shoes.
Eventually, Adidas made its name as the most trusted shoe of athletes, even after Adi's death in 1978. Under his son Horst Dassler's leadership, the sneaker brand maintained the same ethos and innovated their footwear as kicks that can be worn by the common man. Below, take a look at the 10 most beloved Adidas sneakers in the country from the past year.
This shoe is made for distance runners who value balance in fit and responsiveness when looking for a reliable running shoe. It's made with the same Boost technology that Adidas is known for and packs on comfort and support as you go the extra mile. The shoe has reinforced cushioning in the midsole and beefs up the support in the upper to midfoot. This versatile shoe is designed to feel nothing when worn as it adapts to your unique footstrike.
It was first launched in 1997 and comes from the same origin as all the other Falcon shoes: the Falcon Dorf. It was unearthed from the Adidas archives for its known vibrant colors and wide and chunky silhouette embodying the carefree, rebellious spirit of that decade's art, music, and fashion scenes.
This pair is hailed to be the ultimate running shoe; it's a high-performance neutral running shoe that promises to deliver unrivalled comfort and energy return. The shoe was launched in 2015 and was one of the first to be tested using the ARAMIS system, which is used by NASA, Audi, and more to measure vibration, design, and ergonomics.
The Continental 80 sneakers are hinged on '80s nostalgia as they capture the retro look of indoor trainers from the same decade. The leather pair from the yesteryears recently gained popularity for its close resemblance to the Yeezy Powerphase shoes.
The Adidas Superstar sneaker is an easy favorite for its easy wear and cool wide crisscross straps. It originally came in the '70s as the first all-leather low top basketball shoe.
The Sleek shoe has beguiled many Adidas fans for its modern take on the brand's sport heritage. It boasts of a perforated Three-Stripe detail on the leather upper and bears a slim fit that hugs your feet just right.
P.O.D is back as the '90s trends continue to make waves. But this time around, the vintage shoe gets an update in terms of aesthetic and comfort. The new P.O.D has TPU 3-Stripes on a soft, sock-like knit upper, a supportive midsole, and also bears the Boost cushioning system that adds an elevated level of comfort.
Yeezy Triple White
The Yeezys are a product of a successful and hyped up collaboration between the german brand and American singer and rapper Kanye West. The Yeezys were first introduced to the public in 2015. In the Philippines, Filipinos favor the triple white version for its clean and fresh look that is easy to style and wear.
This sneaker style was created by Horst Dassler, son of Adidas' founder. Horst originally whipped up the first leather tennis shoe in 1965 and tapped Robert Haillet, a French tennis player to be the sneaker's namesake. But by 1971, Robert decided to retire from playing to be a sales representative for Adidas. This became a problem for Horst as he needed an active tennis player to be the sneaker's endorser. Enter Stan Smith, who was quickly becoming a widely successful tennis powerhouse. However, it was only until 1978 that Adidas decided to rename the shoe after Stan. Since then, it has become one of Adidas' most iconic shoes to this day, getting rebooted and revamped by many celebrities and designers like Rita Ora and Stella McCartney.
The Superstar shoe's fame can be credited to basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar who wore the pair when he made NBA history, scoring 38,387 points while wearing the famous Adidas shoe in the '80s. However, it dates back to 1969 when they invented an all-leather upper shoe in a sea of canvas basketball sneakers. It's been said that it was the rubber toe cap that won Abdul over.