The History of Adidas

The History of Adidas

The Adidas brand has a long rich history in sports because of mixing its legacy with the world of athletics and due to the ever-growing obsession of sneaker culture. Popularly known as "The Three Stripes Brand," Adidas has been a dominant player in the sportswear industry since its establishment in 1949 by Adolf "Adi" Dassler. Starting with football, the brand's early days laid the foundation for a course that would take it miles ahead of everyone in the sneaker industry over the past 70 years.

Worldwide Presence and Impact of Adidas

Its global reach has expanded to basketball and popular culture. Partnerships with James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kanye West, Beyonce, Pharrell, and many more famous names, have allowed Adidas to become a game-changer in the fashion industry. The Three Stripe’s popularity is continuously growing every day and its connection to athletics and athletes is becoming stronger with each passing day.

Prominent Styles

Adidas has some of the most celebrated styles of footwear all over the world. Let’s have a look at some of them.


Adidas Samba Shoes were released in 1950. The Samba was designed for those who love soccer. The most special fact about them was they could be used on a variety of surfaces. Soccer players were able to use it on turf, grass, and hardwood courts. The Adidas Samba Shoes are known for their longevity in which its synthetic leather upper is a major factor. The upper can withstand a high degree of wear and tear. The elongated tongue offers protection during a match. Adidas Samba Shoes have made an impact on millions of soccer fans around the world. They are an asset in the sneaker, and soccer, culture. Due to the versatility of Samba, it has remained relevant for decades. It can be used as a casual shoe for multiple activities.

Adidas Samba


The Adidas Campus shoes are available in leather and suede editions. The rubber outsole offers superior grip for multiple activities – including skateboarding. The Adidas Campus Shoes are one of the most versatile shoes on the market. The shoe was introduced in the 1970s. However, it did not gain much popularity until the 1980s. One of the most crucial moments in the history of Campus was when the Beastie Boys wore the sneaker on the cover of the 1992 album, “Check Your Head.”

Adidas Campus


Adidas has always Emphasized style as well as performance. That mixture has allowed the company to grow. The evolution of Adidas Gazelle Shoes from performance-oriented training shoes to a style icon is the main reason behind the transformation of Adidas leather footwear in the 1960s. Originally crafted for athletic purposes, Adidas took inspiration from their leather shoe designs of that era to give rise to the iconic Adidas Gazelle Bold Shoes in 1966, marking a pivotal moment in the shoe's history. The use of suede for the Gazelle made it unique. The Gazelle would be utilized for vibrant and fresh colorways.

Adidas Gazelle Bold

Stan Smith

The Stan Smith name stands as iconic in the world of sneakers, enjoying a global fanbase through its collaboration with Adidas. This legendary status extends beyond the sports world, with notable figures such as Jay-Z, Barack Obama, and David Bowie proudly representing the sneakers. The Stan Smith shoe has become a cultural phenomenon and has also seen prestigious collaborations with fashion powerhouses like Balenciaga, NIGO, Raf Simons, and Pharrell. However, the origin of this iconic footwear dates back to 1965 when it was initially designed by Robert Haillet before being officially named Stan Smith in 1978.

Adidas Stan Smith


Adidas AE1 Sneakers is one of the company's most prominent brands and is endorsed by a rookie Basketball player Anthony Edwards. It is made up of premium quality materials which makes your experience with Adidas an inspiring one.

Adidas Harden Volume 8 are another example of the creativity and comfort that Adidas provides in Basketball courts for example its premium feature is Rubber Outsole which provides superior grip to consumers.

Tops and Bottoms USA X Adidas

Since our establishment in 1997, Adidas has consistently been one of our cherished partners at Tops and Bottoms USA. Timeless classics such as the Adidas Forum, Stan Smith, and Superstar have become staples in the sneaker community and integral parts of the Tops and Bottoms marketplace. The Three Stripes Brand, synonymous with Adidas, has witnessed a surge in popularity, especially fueled by its collaboration with Kanye West and the Yeezy label.

The recent success of Adidas can also be attributed to the widespread appeal of innovations such as the Ultra Boost, BOOST technology, and Adidas 4D cushioning, all of which have gained significant traction.

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