adidas’ Forum sneaker is a streetwear staple that transcends style and location. The sleek shoe is meant to be a symbol of self-expression, offered in various subtypes to suit any taste (including High, Mid and Low silhouettes in a host of colorways). At the same time, the look has maintained cross-cultural appeal since its inception, making it widely recognized.
Like many popular street sneakers, the adidas Forum was born a basketball shoe. The OG style from the ’80s had shock absorption for high-impact jumping and running, a wide footbed for optimal stability and crossover ankle system that kept ankles locked in place during games. Before there were Jordans, Michael Jordan wore Forums, most notably in the 1984 U.S. Olympic trials.
Another main component of the shoe is the velcro strap across the top of the foot, which was added for more ankle support while playing basketball. Some shoppers now wear the strap loosely or undone, while others remove it entirely — a method of personalization adidas has taken note of and used to inspire other strapless models in the series.
Whichever way the Forum is worn, many customers note it’s super cozy. “The most comfortable shoes I’ve had, and the sizing was perfect,” writes one reviewer on adidas.com.
Prices may vary slightly by style, but most pairs clock in at around an affordable $100.
Having never really faded from sight, the Forum has also been remixed in a few standout collaborations. Some of the most notable include a special Forum Mid made in partnership with Def Jam Records, which launched for Def Jam’s 25th anniversary in 2009. More recently, adidas and Disney teamed up to design two Marvel shoes in the Forum Mid and Hi heights, one inspired by “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the other the character Star-Lord. Last year, adidas came out with an Xbox-themed Forum and Bad Bunny dropped an adidas Forum Low, too, which offers a mashup of textures and colors. There’s also a quirky “Home Alone” collaboration featuring details that pay homage to the film, like a blow-torched fabric and house graphic on the side of the shoe.
The beauty of this street style sneaker is that you can pretty much wear it however you’d like. Most of the colorways are versatile, either monochromatic or with some subtle color accents. Bella Hadid wears black adidas Forum Lows with long skirts and windbreaker pants. Kendall Jenner wears them with jorts and sweaters. They also look great with wide-leg jeans and joggers.
Try your hand at styling a colorful or neutral pair, and choose an ankle height you wouldn’t normally go for to switch up your look. The cool dark suede Forum Lows or distressed Highs can make a whole wardrobe feel refreshed. Shop some amazing Forum pairs, below.