Forum: How To Style Basketball Shoes

Basketball sneakers — especially adidas Forums — are everywhere. Sported by rappers, athletes, supermodels and even your next-door neighbour, everyone seems to have a pair.

But what gave the shoe its spotlight moment?

Released in ‘84, the adidas Forum with its distinctive ankle strap for added support was a serious game-changer (literally).

Aside from its next-level performance, the Forum’s leather upper ushered in an era of sport-for-style. The court classic quickly evolved into a coveted streetwear staple that continues to make waves in fashion and sport.

But often there’s a concern on how to style the shoe, especially high-rise Forums. When styling Forums with pants — to tuck or not to tuck? Do they go well with dresses and skirts? What if I work a 9-5, how can I style the made-for-sport sneaker? We’ll let you in on a secret: there are no rules.

You can rock Forums whichever way you like, but if you’re unsure how to start styling them— we’ve got you covered.


THE CONCRETE RUNWAY:

One source of inspiration are professional basketball players. During arena walk-ins, they hold the power to make or break fashion trends. That’s why it’s called the ‘concrete runway’ – a tradition where players turn pre-games into opportunities to flex their fashion finesse.

Because professional b-ball players helped turn on-court classics into an everyday essential, they’re a prime source of inspiration for how to style your Forums.

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GET THE LOOK:

Like players who pair sneakers with suits, don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles to create a unique and personalised fit.

Taking a page from their style playbook, try pairing loose-fitting slacks with an oversized tee, statement accessories and adidas Forums in your favourite colourway. To add that extra something, throw on a leather jacket or bomber to complete the look.


STAY GAME-READY:

But it’s not just the pre-games where we can take fashion inspiration from basketball players. Here’s how you can recreate their on-court looks as well.

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GET THE LOOK:

For that straight off the court look, experiment with a variety of made-for-sport silhouettes.

How about a short-sleeve hoodie paired with drawstring basketball shorts, adidas crew socks and Forum 84 High shoes?

If you’re going for a more laidback look, pair your favourite Forums with sweats and a comfy hoodie.


FROM THE BASELINE TO BUSINESS MEETINGS:

Business meets basketball. Thinking of bringing a sporty edge to your next meeting? We’ve got you.


GET THE LOOK:

To add a touch of street style to your fit, pick out a pair of Forum Lows (bonus points if the Forums match your suit!)

Finally, throw on a long overcoat to complete the look.


SPORTY CHIC:

If you lean towards styles like dresses, skirts and delicate fabrics, shake things up with a pair of adidas Forums.

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GET THE LOOK:

Pair a bright sundress, a form-fitting bodycon or your favourite dress silhouette with Forum Lows.

Feeling chilly? No sweat. For the colder seasons, pair a thick maxi dress with a leather jacket, winter accessories and your adidas Forum Lows.


A TIMELESS TRAINER:

No matter your vibe, the adidas Forum is a shoe that you can work into any style. Whether you’re all for bold colours or muted tones, fitted formal wear or oversized casual, Forums are the go-to choice to compliment your individuality.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect kicks for your fit, adidas Forums may just be your ideal match.

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