The Legendary Three Stripes From The Archives

by Johanna Roelich

Here at scotts, we pride ourselves in offering our customers a wide range of iconic adidas Originals trainers. Over the years, we have built our collection into something we are incredibly proud of, offering you sneakerheads out there a variety of archive three stripes styles such as the Spezial, the Hamburg & the Gazelle. But where did this three-stripes ‘obsession’ come from?

Terrace or Casual fashion was born in the late 1970s following the success of English football clubs, which lead to fans travelling overseas a lot more regularly and picking up on different cultural styles. The subculture developed its own uniform and a selection of core brands, but of course, the leader of the tribe, adidas Originals.

To this day, when you use words “terrace” or “casual” in Europe, you’re connecting with a subculture that is inescapable, however obscure to outsiders. It’s very much a way of life. The terraces were where football fans stood before the introduction of all-seater stadiums, and the casuals were those fans most dedicated to style as they walked into those arenas. The Three Stripes was undoubtedly the biggest footwear brand among football casuals.

By the early 1980s, adidas trainers were an essential piece to wardrobes around the globe, and even became a significant part of their culture in many ways. The classic design of the three stripes remain, but of course have seen many developments and new silhouettes over the years.

At scotts, we offer a wide variety of these silhouettes, ranging from the iconic Jeans, which was first introduced in the 1960’s, to their newest, the Stadt, released in 2019. We’ve handpicked a few of adidas’ bestselling silhouettes;

Gazelle Indoor

Jeans

Broomfield

Hamburg

Handball Spezial

Gazelle

Samoa

Forest Hills

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