The adidas Campus 80s is one of the most iconic 1980s silhouettes ever released by the Three Stripes. It was originally conceived as a basketball shoe but gained popularity outside the court very quickly. On the heels of the ’80s and ’90ship-hop boom, the Campus was a popular sneaker in the b-boy and rap scene. Hey, you might remember that famous pic of the Beastie Boys cover wearing Campus.
Fast forward a few years and you’ll see: The years 2011-2013 were also a great time for the adidas Originals Campus 80s, with several collabs with big names! But looking closer at names like Zozotown, Kazuki, Mita, Bape and X-Large, it’s also clear that Campus collabs were pretty much a Japanese thing, with the exception of Foot Patrol London.
But again starting in 2015, adidas payed more attention to the Campus 80s silhouette and enhanced the focus by realizing less limited collab collections with partners such as Fourness, Wings & Horns and Opening Ceremony.
For Summer 2017, the Campus 80s has made a huge comeback at adidas Originals with the “No Time to Think” campaign. Starting things off, 3 OG colorways are making a return together with some new girls’ colorways. But because it’s bound to be one of the big comebacks of the year, we are still awaiting bigger things to happen.
With that said, we hope you enjoy our “collab overview” of the best adidas Campus 80s collaborations:
Star Wars x adidas Originals Campus 80s ‘Wampa’ (2011): Classic sportswear aesthetics meets Sci-Fi folklore. The adidas Campus 80s “Wampa” was inspired by the Hoth monster known as a Wampa and part of a bigger “Star Wars” themed footwear collection by the Three Stripes. The “Wampa” featured horse hair on the upper and a portrait of the monster on the tongue label.
adidas Consortium x UNDFT x Bape (2013): Camo can’t be missing here. In 2013, adidas teamed up with major players UNDFT and Bape to create a collab including a ZX 5000 with all-over camo and two colorways of the Campus 80s with a more subtile camo treatment. Both the black and olive colorways features camo pattern on the tongue and the lining. The khaki/olive version was only sold at the adidas flagship concept stores such as No.74 Berlin, No.6 London and No.42 in Paris.
Highsnobiety x adidas Consortium Campus 80s (2016): What a clean Campus 80s! Highsnobiety had the chance to work on the UltraBoost and Campus 80s and they did a great job. The light blue suede is mixed with brown leather lining on the upper, a small highsnobiety logo is featured on the tongue label.
Foot Patrol x adidas Originals Campus ’80s ‘B-Sides’ (2011): As the adidas Campus 80s is a very clean silhouette by nature, it’s all about the details and materials. When London’s Foot Patrol had the chance to work on the Campus silhouette, they found the right way to do it without the need of crazy colors. The B-Sides has a clean blue suede upper with an asymmetric stripes concept. While it has white leather Stripes on the lateral, the medial stripes are made of horse hair – it’s a thing on the Campus! The B-Sides took its inspiration from an earlier Foot Patrol x adidas Campus 80s collab from 2008, when they did three colorways of the iconic Basketball shoe with asymmetric stripes.
adidas Originals x Mita Campus 80s “Vintage” (2012/2013): in 2012, Japanese retailer Mita and the adidas Campus 80s seemed to be close as siblings. Several colorways featuring premium pigskin on the upper and a dyed vintage outsole gave the iconic 80s silhouette a classic look. Actually, Mita did a lot of Campus 80s collabs these days. All in all, they dropped 7 colorways of the classic silhouette in 2012 and 2013!
X-Large x adidas Campus 80s (2011 & 2012): X-Large did it animal style! In 2011, they brought up the “Bananas” Campus 80s with the famous banana print on the insole while the outside and upper of the shoe are as subtle as it gets. In 2012, they stepped up their game when it comes to extravagancy and continued the “jungle” story with a black Campus 80s with Leopard print on the Three Stripes and the heel tab. It was pretty much standard procedure at that time (see the Footpatrol B-Sides for example) to not include big logos of the collab partners on the shoe but to keep it simple.
adidas ObyO Campus 80 Felicity x Kazuki Kuraishi x Whiz (2010): Japan’s Kazuki Kuraishi has been a steady collab partner of adidas Originals with more than just one Campus 80s project, but we decided to feature the Felicity pack from 2010 in this list. It’s special as it is one of the few Campus 80s collabs that comes in brighter colors and once again, the materials are special. One pair comes in cardinal red with touches of yellow and black while the pair is set in blue with red accents – suede for sure. The stripes are made from croc textured leather. The adidas ObyO Campus 80 Felicity x Kazuki Kuraishi x Whiz features the characteristic KZL ring-pull at the heel tab and a golden signature on the outside of the shoes.
ZoZotown x adidas Originals Campus 80s (2013): Pony Hair is a thing on the Campus! This Campus 80s collab was dubbed ZOZO and came with Italian premium suede, Pony hair on the outside stripes and the heel, while the inside stripes featured snakeskin. The tonal trefoil logo is embossed on the tongue. Classic combination!
Colette x UNDFT x adidas Consortium Campus 80s (2017): the newest collab Campus 80s that is featured in our special is the Colette x UNDFT x adidas Consortium version. Smooth white leather on the upper, with blue “Colette” details and the golden logos on the side and tongue label of the shoes. What a clean co-production!
adidas Originals x The Fourness x JAM HOME MADE Campus 80s ‘Jam’ (2015): in 2015, it was again Kazuki who came up with a special version of the adidas Campus 80s, this time with his own label Fourness and Japanese jewelry manufacturer Jam Home Made. The upper oft he shoe features 12 different colors representing each month’s birth stone color. The colors are different on every shoe. The colorful upper really stands out between all the super clean uppers we’ve seen before.