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Adidas Spezial: sneaker that was designed for indoor handball (1979)

The Adidas Spezial is a sports shoe that was designed for the indoor handball sport. The Adidas Spezial has a basic design, featuring: a hard wearing suede upper for durability and flexibility; removable EVA cushioning for the insole; the classic leather heel patch and three stripe design; and a flat rubber cleat outsole for maximum grip and traction on indoor surfaces. The Adidas Spezial is one of the few Adidas sneakers that includes a trefoil logo (shown below) in gold text next to the Spezial brand lettering.

The Adidas Spezial is no longer used for competitive sporting events, and is a heritage sneaker that is primary used for casual wear. The Adidas Spezial has been released in a variety of colourways; including: grey / orange; black / green; cardinal / black; sandstorm / electricity; royal / running white; and olive / orange. The Adidas Spezial has also been released in a number of 'special' edition releases; including: Monochromatic "tonal" Pack, Night Flash 6, Settend, Boston, Chetcuti, and Adria.

A pair of black and blue Spezial sneakers, worn at the 1980 olympics, and used for the handball sport. One of the few trainers to include the trefoil logo in gold text / print.

The Adidas Spezial is a sports shoe that was released in 1979 and was originally designed for the indoor handball sport. The Adidas Spezial was designed for the 1980 Olympic Games; which were held in Moscow. Indoor Handball was played at two venues at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games: the Sokolniki Sports Palace and the Dynamo Sports Palace. The Soviet Union was the host nation, and wore Adidas apparel and Adidas Spezial sneakers during the indoor handball tournament; alongside many of the Handball teams. The men's gold medal was eventually won by East Germany, the men's silver medal was won by the Soviet Union, and the men's bronze medal was won by Romania. The women's gold medal was won by the Soviet Union, the women's silver medal was won by Yugoslavia, and the women's bronze medal was won by East Germany.