The adidas Forum Low first released in 1984 as adidas’ flagship basketball silhouette. While the design was available in both high and low-top build, the low-top soon became the most popular of the two thanks to its versatility off the court. After a hiatus, while 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, 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.
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Ripstop nylon uppers give the Forum 84 a modern twist, and we’re all for it. The sneaker keeps its original elements, like the velcro ankle strap and leather paneling while spicing it up with technical pull loops throughout.
Bold colorways aren't for everyone, but for those who like to make an impact, this pair is for you. The basketball sneaker mixes a bright orange with grey and white tones for maximum contrast.
The Forum 84 spices up its formula with some skateboarding elements here. Keeping its original basketball cues, it adds Adiprene sock liners for added comfort.
This pair adds to the supreme simplicity of the classic all-black sneaker with a textured finish. Its Chinese porcelain reference is visible through the glossy flower graphics throughout.
For those who like to stick with the classics, this black-and-white model is a no-brainer.
The adidas Forum 84 Low 8K differs from its siblings thanks to its recycled composition. The typical perforated toe box is replaced by a mesh underlay and its suede uppers give the shoe a premium feel. Opt for the tech purple colorway to spice up any casual ‘fit.
If you are looking for a vintage pair of Forums, these are for you. This pair have a worn-in look to it thanks to its pre-loved yellowed sole unit and textured leather panels. Plus, the dark green pops are reminiscent of the brand's OG green colorway dating back to the ‘80s.
This pair is the most atypical Forum of this roundup. The Forum Premiere has a luxurious look thanks to its sleeker rounded toe, beige color palette, and inflated panel detailing.
Continuing with a retro vibe, this version of the Forum 84 pops some vintage elements like its worn-in coloring in the rubber sole unit. Its green laces, tongue, and inner lining add some personality to the equation.
Among the countless adidas Forum releases with Bad Bunny, this Blue Tint version is the most requested. The Puerto Rican singer experiments with a light blue color palette and keeps it interesting by adding a double tongue, increased cushioning, and a buckle at the velcro strap.
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