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    adidas Continental 80

    adidas Continental 80

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    Minimalist leisurewear masquerading as an 80s tennis shoe.

    adidas Continental 80 Stripes FX5091
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • FX5091
    • £51
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes FX5090
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • FX5090
    • £63.75
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes S42626
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • S42626
    • £67.60
    adidas Continental 80 Vegan H02783
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    • Continental 80 Vegan
    • H02783
    • £56.25
    adidas Continental 80 G27706
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    • Continental 80
    • G27706
    • £51
    adidas Continental 80 Vegan FW2336
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    • Continental 80 Vegan
    • FW2336
    • £63.75
    adidas Continental 80 EH3222
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    • Continental 80
    • EH3222
    • £32.95
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes S42611
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • S42611
    • £32.25
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ3255
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ3255
    • £32.50
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GV8837
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GV8837
    • £55
    adidas Continental 80 G28215
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    • Continental 80
    • G28215
    • £32.25
    adidas Continental 80 G27722
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    • Continental 80
    • G27722
    • £55.60
    adidas Continental 80 G27707
    • adidas
    • Continental 80
    • G27707
    • £51
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes FX6088
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • FX6088
    • £37.50
    adidas Continental 80 F99787
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    • Continental 80
    • F99787
    • £24.99
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes S42625
    • adidas
    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • S42625
    • £44.99
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ6262
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ6262
    • £63.75
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ3262
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ3262
    • £26.25
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ3257
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ3257
    • £41.60
    adidas Continental 80 Vegan GZ0785
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    • Continental 80 Vegan
    • GZ0785
    • £52.50
    adidas Continental 80 Vegan GZ0784
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    • Continental 80 Vegan
    • GZ0784
    • £67.60
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ0780
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ0780
    • £56.25
    adidas Continental 80 FU6669
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    • Continental 80
    • FU6669
    • £31.50
    adidas Continental 80 EH3230
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    • Continental 80
    • EH3230
    • £32
    adidas Continental 80 EE8925
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    • Continental 80
    • EE8925
    • £59.20
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ6265
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ6265
    • £30
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ6261
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ6261
    • £67.60
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes  GZ6260
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ6260
    • £63.75
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GY8138
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GY8138
    • £38.25
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GY8135
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GY8135
    • £41.25
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes  GX9739
    • adidas
    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GX9739
    • £36
    adidas Continental 80 G28218
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    • Continental 80
    • G28218
    • £24.50
    adidas Continental 80 G28217
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    • Continental 80
    • G28217
    • £18.99
    adidas Continental 80 FX6067
    • adidas
    • Continental 80
    • FX6067
    • £31.50
    adidas Continental 80 FX5092
    • adidas
    • Continental 80
    • FX5092
    • £67.60
    adidas Continental 80 F99786
    • adidas
    • Continental 80
    • F99786
    • £33.60
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes S42612
    • adidas
    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • S42612
    • £31.60
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes Q47341
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • Q47341
    • £39
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes H05723
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • H05723
    • £67.60
    adidas Continental 80 Breakbeat H05691
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    • Continental 80 Breakbeat
    • H05691
    • £45
    adidas Continental 80 Vegan H05315
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    • Continental 80 Vegan
    • H05315
    • £63.60
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes H05061
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • H05061
    • £46.40
    adidas Continental 80 H03938
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    • Continental 80
    • H03938
    • £25.80
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes H02164
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    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • H02164
    • £40
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes H02163
    • adidas
    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • H02163
    • £55
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ9061
    • adidas
    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ9061
    • £68
    adidas Continental 80 Vegan GZ8689
    • adidas
    • Continental 80 Vegan
    • GZ8689
    • £68
    adidas Continental 80 Stripes GZ2099
    • adidas
    • Continental 80 Stripes
    • GZ2099
    • £31.50

    Continental 80

    Though adidas had been successful with their Stan Smith silhouette through the 60s, 70s and 80s, they also needed their next generation of silhouettes to start to shine through. This when they turned their attention to designing the original Continental, drenching it in the spirit of the 80s.

    Designed in France, the Continental took the standard tennis shoe silhouette of the time and upgraded it with two robust cupsoles, an EVA foam midsole, terry cloth lining and a window containing the adidas branding. The Continentals featured tennis sole cushioning technology adapted to the increasingly mainstream aerobics, gym and personal fitness markets. It also allowed fantastic ease-of-movement, was ultra-chic,  and yet, before long, it was discontinued…

    … but it wasn’t forgotten. 

    Fast-forward to 2018, and trainer designs of the time were referencing the bulky, extraverted energy of the 90s. This might have seemed an odd time to release a minimalist eighties shoe, but in bringing out the Continental 80, that’s exactly what adidas did. The adidas Continental 80 came with an upper made of luxurious tumbled grain leather, two blue and red side stripes, and perforations almost identical to the original. The French terry cotton lining restored a sense of the continental’s heritage, the EVA foam OrthoLite® of the sockliner helped pad out the midsole and the adidas trefoil logo stamped its authority across the shoe.

    This 80s-influenced silhouette released as one model in the “Yung” series seems to have resonated with modern sneaker culture. One explanation for this might lie with one of adidas’ most influential collaborators – Kanye West. 

    The Yeezy Calabasas Powerphase, designed by Ye, was released on 17th March 2018 to much fanfare and the Continental 80 shortly after, in June 2018. While the Powerphase was based on the original adidas Powerphase, it shared a very similar aesthetic with the Continental 80s, except for in its dual stripes. As stocks of the Yeezy were limited, many enthusiasts moved on to the Continental 80 because it was very similar, and, unlike the Calabasas, it was actually available.

    In its own right, the adidas Continental 80 is still a stylish, desirable sneaker with character. While its days as a sports shoe are over, this unmistakably eighties shoe has now found a new generation to inspire.

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