The Story of The Adidas Forum

Whether it was because of their innovation, proven performance on the court, or their price of 100 dollars, the Forum was the fashion-crush for countless artists and/or references from all over the world such as Michael Jordan, who just positioned them as the silhouette of the 80s. We put the focus on their qualities and outstanding history.


Born In 1983
First love never dies, and neither do the Forums. Their story began in 1983 in France. The designer Jacques Chassaing would be an essential player in both the outsider team of the 80s and the current one.

The ideologist thought of creating a basketball sport that would favor the whole team, keeping in mind the diversity of athletes, their different roles, and physical characteristics. Through conversations with coaches and players, he located the weak point in the ankle. He visualized the bands used by the psychotherapists to stabilize it and decided to integrate a stabilizing element into the shoe: the ‘criss-cross ankle system’, which embraces and protects the whole area.


After a process of material exploration and inclusion of elements such as a special shock-absorbing sole, the sneaker made its debut in 1984. That same year, Jordan would wear them during the Olympic basketball trials in the USA.


Celebrated in 2009
Two of the best in the respective sneaker and music industry, Adidas and Def Jam, had come together this year to collaborate on a collection of sneakers to celebrate Def Jam’s 25th Anniversary.


Amongst this collection is cool renditions of the signature Forum Mid and Stan Smith II in red, black, and gold. The special edition Stan Smith II features a plush black suede upper highlighted with red accents. Both Def Jam and Adidas logos are incorporated into the kicks for some major brand recognition. The Def Jam logo is printed in white on the side heel panel and it also shares a spot with the Adidas Originals logo on the tongue and heel. A thoughtful design detail to note would be a small turntable graphic that is printed on the opposite side of the heel panel, a fitting motif for Def Jam in the music business.

The Forum Mid is a more flamboyant pair in a red leather upper with gold accents. Likewise, the Forum Mid is packed with logo details. The Def Jam logo is worked into the shoe in gold on the tongue tag and embossed on the side panel. At the ankle, the words “AD.BO.DJ.25” are featured on the padded side ankle. The kicks also come with matching red and gold lace hardware to give the shoes that extra bling factor.

These shoes are released as a part of the Adidas Originals Fall/Winter 2009 collection alongside some special edition apparel such as hoodies. Check out these sneakers and look out for them as they continue to drop this season.