adidas Oslo

adidas Oslo






So when we think of Norway, the country that sits in the West of the Scandinavian Peninsula, bordered by Sweden, Finland, Russia and Denmark some may think of Vikings. The world renowned breath-taking glaciers of the Fjords, very cold weather and 1980’s music exports, Ha!

So when adidas embraced the European City Series from 1972 to 82, it came as no surprise to pay tribute to the country’s capital city Oslo, a city that has become one of the richest global cities; being second only to Tokyo.

So what do we have here you ask? Well the trainer is a low cut leisure shoe first introduced in 1972, manufactured in Yugoslavia and sharing the same silhouette as Rekord, Perfekt, Paris and Cadet to name but a few. The shoe is constructed in black waxed leather uppers with yellow stripes and heel piece. Early versions of the shoe had a shorter heel tab and suede toe box, while later issues had a larger heel tab with the added Trefoil trademark and the outer-sole had changed to white by 1976.

In 1978 the Oslo became more astroturf orientated, with a thicker golden brown gum sole, zig-zag tread and a larger all round T-bar toe bumper section. The trainers had a steady sales fruition in their heyday, but as the 1980’s became more of a Trab or Running shoe era, the Oslo was discontinued along with a few other models.

Almost 43 years later, there is now a high demand for these rare gems. Several re-issues come and gone over the years but they all fail in comparison to the original 70’s classic.


Text: Scott Ptolomey