80s vs 00s: Re-introducing The Campus By adidas Originals | Wellgosh

Adidas have had an amazing season of re-issued classics and heritage-inspired silhouettes from the re-popularisation of the Samba to the limited-edition collaborations including Gucci, Kerwin Frost, Balenciaga & more. One of the iconic styles that’s seen a plethora of iterations is the Campus, first issued in the 80s as a basketball trainer, adopted by underground subcultures and found on the feet of a ton of influential figures over the 40 plus years they have under their belt. We picked out two of our favourite takes on the Campus and put them head-to-head to see how a classic and a completely new take on the shoe fair up against each other.

Campus 80s

  • Iconic 80s basketball shoe
  • Adopted by the Hip-Hop movement of the 80s and 90s
  • Worn by the Beastie Boys, Skaters & Sports Casuals
  • Premium suede
  • Versatile
  • Streamlined profile
  • Flexible suede tongue
  • Embroidered branding
  • Slimline rubber outsole

Campus 00s

  • Chunky, padded silhouette
  • Wide laces
  • Inspired by skate trainers of the early 2000s
  • Work well with oversized and baggy trousers
  • Nu-Metal nostalgia
  • Skate-friendly
  • Premium Suede
  • Chunky rubber outsole
  • Crafted with recycled content
  • Off-white midsole for an aged look

The Verdict

Both the 80s and 00s Campus balance comfort, a unique style and an easy-to-wear versatility. The Campus 80s is at a slight advantage due to its streamlined silhouette, which works perfectly with slim and straight trousers, or for baggier bottoms. Unfortunately, due to the padded look of the Campus 00s, it is difficult to pair with a slimmer leg trouser without encroaching on some mid 2000’s Myspace nostalgia, but when worn with the right outfit can make a more impactful statement, not to mention the added durability of a chunkier build. Our verdict? For an all-purpose kick, go for the 80s, but if you’re as excited as we are to see oversized skate shoes making a comeback, you already know what to do.

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