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Adidas remains one of the more popular brands among sneaker fans, mostly due to its deep catalogue of footwear offerings. It’s produced sold-out styles from buzzy partnerships with Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, as well as iconic models such as the modern Ultraboost running shoe and classic Stan Smith.
For some context, the athletic footwear and apparel giant was created by the brothers Adolf “Adi” Dassler and Rudolf Dassler in 1924 under the name Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory before they split and formed two companies, and Adolf would go on to create Adidas in 1949. Since then, It has become the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second largest in the world. Decades after the brand launched, Adidas continues to introduce groundbreaking innovations to the sneaker realm, most notably creating the knit uppers on certain shoes with recycled plastics gathered from ocean waste and making 3D-printed midsoles crafted from light and oxygen, all of which are featured on the list below.
Not only does our list include everyday classics currently available on Adidas’ website, but also more popular styles — like those from West’s Adidas Yeezy line and Williams’ NMD Hu line — that have long sold out since they released in stores but can be purchased from various retailers and secondary market platforms.
Here are our picks of the most notable Adidas sneakers to add to your rotation now.
Parley x Adidas Ultraboost 6.0
Adidas debuted the 6.0 version of its popular Ultraboost running sneaker this year in an all-white colorway. Designed in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, it’s made almost entirely with plastic gathered from the ocean. What’s more, its clean white upper also represents the lack of dyes used to make the eco-friendly shoe. A handful of sizes are now available on Adidas’ website for a retail price of $180.
Similar to many of the other styles featured on this list, the iconic Adidas Gazelle embodies ultimate simplicity with its clean nubuck upper and contrasting Three Stripes design. First introduced in 1968 as in indoor Football training shoes, sneaker fans have now adopted the shoe into one of the brand’s most popular lifestyle offerings thanks to its minimalistic design.
Originally designed for the soccer field, the Adidas Samba remains a timeless icon thanks to its simple low-cut leather upper with the unmistakable Three Stripes branding emblazoned on the side. This version of the shoe is particularly eye-catching with bleached Three Stripes panels on the sides and a matching heel tab.
Adidas Yeezy Powerphase
A new adaptation of a vintage ‘80s model, the Adidas Powerphase boasts a tonal leather upper and rubber outsole. It’s also worth noting that this is one of the most affordable Adidas Yeezy models in the secondary market right now.
Although it has only been a few years since its debut back in 2015, the Adidas NMD has already established itself as one of the more popular models from the brand, thanks to a simple one-piece Primeknit build and comfy Boost sole. This version of the shoe is created in collaboration with Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and modeled after the character Ursula.
Adidas Pharrell Hu NMD
The aforementioned NMD model continued to gain popularity with the creation of Pharrell Williams’ Hu NMD sneaker. Designed in collaboration with Williams and fashion icon Nigo’s Billionaire Boys Club brand, the style features a blue-based Primeknit upper that’s paired with a heavy-duty hiking sole.
Adidas continued to innovate in the footwear industry when it introduced its Ultra4D sneaker in 2019, which is notable for its 3D-printed midsole created through Digital Light Synthesis technology. This colorway specifically is inspired by the first-ever iteration of the Ultraboost as it dons a predominantly black colors scheme with a subtle purple heel counter.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2
After announcing his partnership with Adidas, Kanye West made a promise that fans who wanted Yeezys will soon have a pair. It’s safe to say that West lived up to that pledge by releasing an abundance of colorways of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2, with many more dropping in the coming year.
The world-famous Superstar shoe has been a staple for Adidas over the past 50 years thanks to its classic shell-toe design, which provides both style and protection. For the Superstar, no colorway is as iconic as the simple white-based leather upper featuring black overlay panels with gold Superstar branding on the sides and tongue. Shop this classic shoe now for $80 via Adidas’ web store.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700
The Yeezy 700 made its debut during the recent “dad shoe” trend, but offers one of the best designs thus far from the Adidas Yeezy line due to its mix of materials on the upper and chunky cushioned midsole. The original “Wave Runner” makeup is the silhouette’s most popular colorway, which boasts a gray mesh and leather upper fused with black suede panels. Adding to the look is neon yellow shoelaces, a sail Boost midsole and black outsole.
Adidas Stan Smith
Although originally designed as a performance tennis sneaker, the classic Adidas Stan Smith is now widely regarded as one of the most popular lifestyle designs on the market. First launched in 1965, the shoe was originally named “Adidas Robert Haillet” after French tennis player Robert Haillet, but was renamed in 1978 to its current Adidas Stan Smith moniker.
Lego x Adidas ZX 8000
Made in collaboration with Lego, Adidas’ ZX 8000 is dressed in a Lego brick-inspired red and features a toy brick-like design on the heel counter and lace dubrae. The Adidas ZX 8000 features the look of an 80’s running sneaker but in recent years, the brand has modernized the shoe by applying bold colors and graphics to its latest releases.
This iteration of the Adidas Nizza lifestyle sneaker celebrates summer with a digitized seaview print covering the canvas upper, as well as sail rubber tooling for all-day comfort. Since its original debut as a basketball shoe in the ’70s, the Nizza has been adopted by fans as a lifestyle shoe due to its simple design.