The adidas Spezial was originally launched as a handball shoe back in 1979. The simple design, the high comfort and the great surface grib made the shoe a true winner among some of the World's best handball players. The Spezial quickly became - and still is - an all round and all time lifestyle favourite. The British casual culture of the '80s adapted the sporty shoe, and they took the adidas Spezial to the streets. The shoe is still very much associated with the fodball fan culture.