Adidas Originals Yung-1 Review
When it comes to bulky and chunky footwear, Adidas has a long history. In the past, this sports company was renowned for its classic training sneakers like the Falcon, Galaxy, Ozweego and the Temper Run. All of these trainers had one thing in common. They were specially designed for runners, so running performance had to be of the highest level. Featuring a sturdy sole, and a silhouette of Brobdingnagian proportions, these shoes had all the attributes of a running shoe but lacked attention to fashion. It wasn’t until the outdated Ozweego got a facelift in 2013, and was transformed into a fashion status shoe, that this trend became red-hot. Following the “dad shoe” fashion trend, Adidas introduced one more model, called the Yung-1. This design is another remake from the 90s, taking a cue from the famous 1997’s Adidas Falcon Dorf.
The Adidas Yung-1 made its first appearance in January 2018, as part of the Dragon Ball Z collection. With a chunky and lightweight construction, this runner’s design perfectly fit in the 2018’s “dad sneaker” trend. It is a mix of mesh and textile upper with nubuck strips, a Trefoil logo on the tongue, and nylon signature three stripes on the sides. However, this model quickly became a favorite amongst runner enthusiasts, casual sneaker lovers, and admirers of the Three stripe brand.
Lightweight and breathable structure
Excellent arch support
Colors on the upper may stain
Hard to keep clean
For those who love hiking, the outsole appears to provide excellent grip on different trails too, despite the fact that they were primarily made for the roads. The Yung-1 outsole is no exception to these characteristics. With a Torsion system on the outsole, this style provides the midfoot with even higher levels of support, allowing for faster adaptation on different surfaces and a better-controlled movement. With a chunky look reminiscent of the 90s’ the most visible change is the revamped sole, that now ticks all the boxes of a good running shoe.
Besides the different colorways, the rest of the upper has the same features in all models. Dressed in a beautiful chaos of mesh, leather, and suede fabrics, Adidas Yung-1 fits in perfectly in the “dad shoe” trend, besides its simple design. For a chunky silhouette, this style still manages to keep high scores among runners who enjoy great satisfaction with the overall comfort. Adidas tried to keep this oversized style simple by keeping the branding very minimal. Their logo is placed on the padded tongue, while the signature three stripes are subtly added on both the lateral and medial side, hoping to give this chunky runner’s design somewhat of a sleek design.
What complements the beautiful mix of shades and fabrics are the soft, cotton laces, that are woven through hiking style eyelets. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that Adidas Yung-1 made a great comeback, and are here to stay for a very long time.
Due to the Torsion system and the EVA midsole, one is certain to receive not only an exceptional grip but outstanding stability and support too. Whether you decide to take this model on a night out or for a run in the park, rest assured your feet will thank you later on.
Some of the most praised designs among reviewers are the Dragon Ball Z collection, White Cloud, Triple Purple, Triple Black, Alpine, Royal-Scarlet and the Craft Ochre to name a few. Also, while Adidas Falcon was revamped into a woman shoe only, the Adidas Yung-1 works as a perfect style for men and women alike. When it comes to size, this model does run wide, with a relatively wide toe box, which those with wide feet will really appreciate. However, for all of you with narrow feet, you may want to get a half size down or enjoy the extra space around your toes.
With the Adidas Yung-1 being so versatile, it is easy to match with a variety of clothing. It represents a beautiful blend between the trendy “dad sneaker” and the vintage runner, and with a crazy colored facade like that, it is hard not to want a pair for yourself.
*Mesh upper, with suede and nubuck overlays
After all those successful releases, Adidas tried to dress this model in numerous different colorways, which turned out to be an even greater success. And they won’t be stopping there! The line is about to get new color additions in 2019. But, until the updates are out, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have a pair on your feet right now. To make it sound even better, this bulky silhouette dressed in retro color schemes, really stepped up its game, and for now, it is voted as the 19th best Adidas sneaker ever.