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7 Fun Adidas Facts

The company was founded by Adolf "Adi" Dassler who made sports shoes in his mother's scullery or laundry room in Herzogenaurach, Germany after his return from World War I.  Adidas is an iconic sportswear brand with a rich history dating back to the 1924.  Another reason why we love the roaring 20s!  We love this brand for its sneakers and apparel. More fun facts about Adidas below;

1. Adidas Park tree

There was a place in Boston, Massachusetts called Adidas Park. If you walked by the park wearing anything but Adidas sneakers, your sneakers would be taken by a local and thrown in a tree. The tree was full of Nikes and Puma sneakers.

2. Hip Hop’s first endorsement deal was between Run-D.M.C. and Adidas

Run-D.M.C. signed a massive deal with Adidas in the 1980s after endorsing the brand in songs like “My Adidas”. This was the very first endorsement deal in hip hop history and laid the groundwork for future endorsement deals between brands and artists.

adidas and RUN DMC

3. Adidas’ three stripes used to belong to another European sneaker brand.

Adidas is well known for its 3 stripes. But did you know the stripes didn’t originally belong to them? Karhu, a Finnish sneaker brand, put the 3 stripes on its own footwear before Adidas did. However, the stripes were sold by Karhu to Adidas in 1952 for $2,347 and a couple bottles of whiskey.

4. What Adidas really stands for

It’s a popular urban myth that Adidas is an acronym for statements like, “All Day I Dream About Soccer” or “All Day I Dream About Sports”. The truth is that the Adidas name is an abbreviation of the name of founder Adolf (“Adi”) Dassler

5. Giant Adidas shoes at Adidas Village

In Portland, Oregon, there are two giant Superstar Adidas shoes on display. The shoes are 15 feet long and are part of the "Left Right Project". Artists from the east and west coast each painted one of the shoes, and they have been installed at Adidas Village in Portland.

portland adidas village

6. The biggest vintage Adidas sneaker collection is in South America

The world’s biggest vintage Adidas collection is found in Buenos Aires in Argentina, in a shop owned by sneakerhead Carlos Ruiz. He holds onto rare 70s and 80s original Adidas shoes like the black and red Samba because he says it’s like therapy to him.

7. Adidas is a sustainable brand

Adidas is dedicated to making the ocean a better place by ending the global plastic crisis. They upcycle plastic waste to create apparel and footwear. For example the Futurecraft Loop is a shoe made from plastic waste that is 100% recyclable.

Want your own Adidas apparel? Shop our Adidas selection now at the Filthy Rebena online vintage clothing store.

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