Spezial was originally designed as a handball shoe in the adidas homeland of Germany for the indoor sports game which is very demanding on footwear and needs to be robust enough to deal with short, sharp movements and heavy friction which the players create. It was first worn in 1979 and players from Germany, Holland and Scandinavia soon made them their favourites.
Extremely light in weight, the Spezial shoe will surprise you in its ability to retain this attribute alongside such a tough exterior. The sole features a four-zone construction for the hard wear required, and originally in 1982 the Handball Spezial was produced in red and white, white and black or white and blue. Having seen the trainer become a collectors item, adidas soon expanded these colourways and now there are any number of adaptations available.