The Adidas Dragon is a running shoe that features an upper made from a combination of suede and mesh. The Adidas Dragon was released in the 1970's, and was one of the most popular running shoes of that decade. However, by the late 1980's, Adidas had released the ZX 8000 and Torsion System, and the Adidas Dragon could not compete with the comfort and arch support of these running shoes. Therefore, present day, the Adidas Dragon is primarily a shoe that is used for casual and fashion wear, and is part of the Adidas Originals heritage range of products. The Adidas Dragon, due to being designed as a running shoe, is lightweight; in large part due to the mesh upper.
The Adidas Dragon, when released, was ideal for long distance running, and for any track and field event (athletics). While the Adidas Dragon is not as iconic and stylish as the Adidas Gazelle or Superstar, it is still for sale, and is a popular sneaker. The Adidas Dragon has a 'vintage' look that is of it's time: the 1970's. Due to the lightweight synthetic materials it is made from - usually referred to as mesh - the Dragon is comfortable to wear and run in; although it cannot compete with the comfort and performance of modern Adidas running shoes.
The Adidas Dragon uses suede on the topcap and rear of the sneaker to protect the sneaker from scuffs and to maintain it's shape. However, due to the flimsy nature of the mesh material: the shoe is not as durable as sneakers that feature a 100% suede or leather upper. Alongside the suede/mesh upper, the Adidas Dragon features: a flat heal; EVA midsole for cushioning; laces for fastening; reasonable arch support; and a rubber toe bumper for improved durability and protection.
The Adidas Dragon features the classic 3-Stripes design and contains the trefoil logo on the tongue and heel patch. The Adidas Dragon can be identified by the 'adidas dragon' gold lettering that is printed at the end of the three stripes. The Adidas Dragon comes in a wide variety of colourways; such as: Navy / Red Collegiate Royal; Navy / White; Sky Blue / White; Grey / Blue; Solid Grey / Collegiate Royal; and St Cargo Khaki / Orange / Clear Brown.