The first time the eccentric looking leisure shoe has been back on the shelves since 2011, adidas Originals have brought back the original shape of the Montreal 76. Rather than to be used as a physical sports shoe, it was designed as a post-football game wear for the German team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The most obvious signature feature on the shoe is the elaborate midsole unit, featuring a rubber surround that extended up and around the heel portion. This could be folded down to turn the shoe into a slip on, a more comfortable shoe to wear after ninety minutes of being bound by restrictive leather football boots.
The shoe itself has seen a few variations over the years, with branding being placed on the midsole, plastic d-rings added to the eyestays, and even versions that didn’t incorporate the wraparound heel and replaced it with a Samba-style midsole unit, but it’s this classic version that’s usually associated with the moniker. This latest re-issue is a pretty accurate representation of the first outing. Incorporating a slightly lower profile than the last time we saw it, the ’76 incorporated perforations in the toebox for breathability. The branding on the tongue-tab was much more simplified than future releases, and the gold branding was debossed into the side panel as with all icons from the brand. A twinstrike of red & blue colourways are outfitted in premium suede, and ccented with leather heel panels and the token three stripes.
Both colourways of the size? Exclusive adidas Originals Archive Montreal 76 are available in store now, and will be online shortly. Keep an eye on our social feeds for more information on availability.