Adidas launches a new Subbuteo trainer

Adidas has launched a pair of retro-style trainers with a Subbuteo twist.

The Adidas Originals Handball Spezial is priced at £75 and on the surface looks like any other Adidas trainer. There is a beige sole with blue suede and red Adidas stripes. It also has a splash of yellow on the heel.

However, inside the show is a Subbuteo player complete with Adidas base.

The kit is a unique one – it does not represent a Subbuteo reference number. Each trainer has a version with players with different skin tones in each.

The Adidas Spezial

Adidas describes the new trainers as retro-styled. It says: “Back from the archives, these men’s Handball Spezial trainers from adidas Originals bring a retro edge to your look. Exclusive to JD, these low-profile sneakers have a premium suede upper in a Night Sky colourway. They feature a tonal lace up fastening and are sat on a low-riding gum midsole for a response in every step, as well as a vintage look. With a grippy outsole, these trainers are finished with adi branding to the tongue and heel, serrated 3-Stripes in red to the sidewalls and a golden Spezial wordmark.”

Of course, the Subbuteo trainer is not a new one for the Adidas brand. Early in the 2000s it launched the Subbuteo-themed Adidas Trimm Trab Subbuteo, which was green like a Subbuteo pitch and even featured the white line markings.

The Trimm Trab was much more obviously a Subbuteo themed trainer as it came with three Adidas Subbuteo balls – although the balls themselves were much larger than the standard Subbuteo balls and instead were the size of Fussball balls.

The new Adidas Originals Handball Spezial featuring hidden Subbuteo players are on sale at JD Sports only.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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