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Adidas ROM: all-round training shoe released in the 1950's

The Adidas ROM is an all purpose sports training shoe - usually referred to as an 'all-round' shoe by Adidas - that was released in the late 1950's. The exact release date is uncertain, but it most likely to have been either 1957 or 1958. The Adidas ROM was the genesis of Adidas training shoes: setting a standard design that would be used in subsequent training shoes like the Adidas Beckenbauer.

Rom training shoe in a white, red and blue colourway. Rear aspect of the rom sneaker. The Rom sneaker in a brown suede upper, it a vintage copy of the 50's shoe.

The Adidas ROM was used competitively by sports men and women during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. Since then, Adidas have replaced the ROM with a range of new training shoes; such as the Beckenbauer and Munchen. The Adidas ROM is now released as part of Adidas' vintage range of sneakers; the shoe is released seasonally / periodically by Adidas, and is purely marketed as a casualwear / fashionwear sneaker. Modern versions of the ROM - shown above - include the Adidas trefoil logo and wordmark on the tongue and heel; however, the original version of the ROM did not include this logo or text. An older version of the Adidas ROM, without the logo and wordmark, is shown below:

Showing a pair of vintage rom's from the 1960's.

The Adidas ROM was moderately popular with 'casuals' in the 1980's; many "collecting" them on trips away to European football matches. The shoe has little in the way of cushioning or a midsole; with adequate cushioning under the heel. The shoe does feature the classic T-shape suede overlay across the toes, and the jagged edged outersole; which would be incorporated into a wide variety of later Adidas training shoes. The Adidas ROM is traditionally released in a leather upper with suede overlays, but it is also released in an all-suede upper. The ROM is released in white and black upper colourways. The ROM is usually released in a two-tonal colourway, but it is occasionally released in a three-tonal colourway.