The adidas Forum Low first released in 1984 as adidas’ flagship basketball silhouette. While the design was available in both high and low-top builds, the low-top soon became the most popular of the two thanks to its versatility off the court. After a hiatus whilst more streamlined tech-focused sneakers stole shelf space and attention, vintage styles are returning to the sneakerhead psyche in a big way and it makes sense that the adidas Forum is amongst the resurrected styles.
From Instagram mood boards like hidden.ny to the feet of Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, and many, many more, retro sneakers are replacing the luxury and performance styles we’d grown accustomed to over recent years. Combine the resurrection of vintage styles with collaborations from the likes of Beyonce’s IVY PARK and Bad Bunny and you’ve got the recipe for a tasty new era of adidas Forum.
In light of the growing presence of the adidas Forum, and a very attractive new strapless design, we thought it was high time that we took a deep dive into the style. From collaborations to retro-style general releases, here are some of the best ways to begin your new, vintage love affair.
Bad Bunny’s two Forum collaborations have been met with universal applause and some seriously heavy price tags. This easter release is bathed in beautiful pale pink and features a host of subtle details which result in a unique, contemporary take on the classic.
Part of the resurgence of retro silhouettes is the beauty of vintage colorways. This subtle, neutral iteration fits the Forum Low perfectly with an almost tonal finish. Versatility of the highest order.
If you’re ever in doubt about a new silhouette, it never hurts to play things safe with a triple-white palette. Especially as we’re approaching summer, this pair is about to look real clean.
Simple and effective, this colorway sees signature adidas green contrast with white and off-white. A sightly faded sole unit leaves no doubts about this design’s USP; it’s brimming with ’80s confidence.
A gum sole unit never goes amiss. In tandem with a soft leather upper and highlights in the form of unfinished stitching to the Three Stripes logo, the sole unit rounds this pair out as an eye-catcher.
The grey-blue hue used throughout this pair is a stroke of genius. It appears slightly faded, giving the shoe that sense of pre-worn beauty that’s reserved for the true classics.
Tan leather forms the backdrop to strong, navy-blue overlays, outsole, laces, and lining. The two colors marry smoothly to make this drop one of the more easily styled pairs in this roundup.
Abiding by the same rules as the Light Blue iteration, this pair looks to Hazy Copper for its faded chromatic foundation. Don’t forget the gum outsole, either. Never forget the gum outsole…
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