I’m really excited by this post as Adam is going to be sharing some things with all of you on Raindrops of Sapphire now and again. You already met him in our engagement Q&A, but as I have been slowly bringing in men’s content to my posts, a review is next in line! So here is Adam’s review on the Adidas Hamburg Shock Red Gum Trainers/Sneakers for you all. Enjoy! Lorna xx.
After years of wearing smart shoes, high end designer high tops and even casual summer footwear like Toms, my feet had long forgotten what it was like to wear something truly comfortable. When I finally got the chance to wear these Adidas Hamburg Trainers in Shock Red Gum it was quite a shock (pun intended) how much softer and how much more comfortable they are. Even walking around town all day doesn’t diminish this effect, which is like music to my ears, and that’s without socks too.
I went for my standard sports trainer/sneaker size (not designer high top size) of a men’s UK 9 and it was the right choice – a perfect fit. With that, I would say they definitely run true to size in case you are wondering about the fit. I know Lorna can vouch for the Adidas sizing too as she has a pair of their Gazelle’s in Burgundy and she takes her usual trainer size of a women’s UK 7. They are slim with a very low profile, so despite these trainers being quite bright, I find them to be understated and versatile.
I’ve long shied away from this style of footwear, but I was really attracted to the Shock Red Gum colour which is particularly unique. In fact I’ve never seen such a gorgeous red on any sneaker before, from either sports brands or designer fashion houses. How can I describe it? It’s a lovely soft red which is almost pinkish in hue, very much like coral, but photographs do not do this colour justice! It’s perfect for the current summer months and will easily add that spark of brightness once the weather turns to its inevitable grey as the seasons change. The main fabric is suede and the white Adidas signature three stripes and labelling are in a patent white leather, making the contrast quite striking. The midsole of these trainers is reinforced with a classic brown gum sole as well, making them more unique.
The Adidas Hamburg shoe is unquestionably a classic, originally unveiled way back in 1982 (has it really been that long?) and they are still as fresh as the day they hit the shelves. With the current trend of rediscovering everything retro, these sneakers are perfect to add that vintage touch to your wardrobe, but with a fresh and modern approach. I’ve been wearing them regularly since slipping them onto my feet, even forgoing my usual go to designer footwear in favour of the Adidas Hamburg, something I hadn’t thought possible, which is a testament to their design and comfort-ability. I will definitely be looking into other colours to add to my wardrobe in the future! This pair is a perfect match for my denim shorts, but maybe a brown might be just right for my skinny jeans.
Let me know if you want to see anymore reviews from me, especially on men’s trainers or general fashion. I know Lorna has a lot of male readers here so I’m happy to help out. In the meantime, you can buy these Adidas Hamburg trainers on the sale on Resole for only £55. – Adam.
Shoes courtesy of Resole, opinions all my own.