The Adidas Kiel is a sailing / boating shoe that was originally released for the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic Games; incidentally the home Olympic Games for Adidas. The shoe was worn by West German sailors at the Summer Games, such as: Ulli Libor, Peter Naumann, Wilhelm Kuhweide and Karsten Meyer.
The Kiel has been re-issued on a number of occasions - since 1972 - and is currently for sale for £50. The shoe's design has largely remained the same; the Kiel badge on the heel of the midsole is possible a new addition. Adidas may have recently re-issued the Kiel because it has a flat vulcanised rubber outsole that makes the shoe suitable for skateboarding; boating and skateboarding being two pursuits that require premium grip for flat surfaces. Apart from the vulcanised rubber outsole, the Kiel features a suede upper and serrated 3-Stripes leather overlays. The shoe features a crisp, classic and traditional design that will appeal as a casualwear item.