The Adidas Munchen was released in 1979, and was designed to be an indoor training shoe. The shoe is applicable to a range of sports, but was primarily designed for footballers training indoor during bad weather in the winter months. The shoe has a huge midsole - much larger than other Adidas sneakers of the era - that provides a high level of cushioning to avoid injuries on hard indoor surfaces; which tend to place greater on joints, tendons, and muscles, than training on soft surfaces like grass.
The Adidas Munchen has been released with a suede/mesh upper, and a full leather upper. The heel height is 1cm, whereas most Adidas sneakers are 0.5cm. The upper material is perforated on and around the toe box; the perforated holes provide air circulation that cools the foot and lowers sweating. The shoe features Adidas trefoil branding on the heel, tongue, and the midsole; the branding on the midsole is discreet due to it being the same colour as the midsole. The Munchen gold lettering is placed on the last leather stripe; most Adidas sneakers place the lettering behind the stripe and not upon it.
Present day, the Adidas Munchen is not sold as a training shoe, but as a casual sneaker that is popular with fashionistas, sneakerheads, football fans, and 'casuals'. The Munchen is part of the Originals range of sneakers, but it is not continually for sale: instead, it is released periodically, which keeps interest in the shoe at fever pitch. The Munchen has been released in a range of colourways; including: Black / Brown; Sky Blue / White; Deep Red / White; Green / White; Air Force Blue / White; Solid Blue / White; and White / Sun Yellow.