The Adidas Falcon Shows That "Ugly Sneakers" Aren't Actually Ugly Anymore

Now available in Metro Manila.
IMAGE Adidas Originals

Would you still call it an "ugly sneaker" if it isn't actually ugly anymore? The Adidas Falcon is an article of footwear that begs this question. On one hand, it qualifies for the catch-all term used to refer to the unconventionally attractive retro or retro-inspired footwear that are so on-trend these days: Dad shoes, '90s shoes, experimental avant garde shoes, and whatever the hell Kanye is wearing at this very moment. "Ugly sneakers." Chief among them are the Balenciaga Triple S, the Raf Simons Ozweego, the New Balance 990, the Nike Monarch, and the Adidas Kamanda.

But despite falling squarely into this category at first glance, the Adidas Falcon actually isn't ugly at all. It managed to combine everything we love about the idiosyncratic "ugly sneaker" trend into one great-looking whole. It's chunky, it's loud, it sports a lot of  curvy lines, weird shapes, and odd angles—but it works. Check it out:

The Adidas Falcon falls squarely in the category of "ugly sneakers," even if it isn't actually ugly. IMAGE: Adidas Originals

The new Adidas model takes inspiration from silhouettes of the '90s. IMAGE: Adidas Originals

It's chunky, loud, and has a lot of curvy lines—like many of the "ugly" dad shoes and retro runners that are popular today. IMAGE: Adidas Originals

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But it actually looks great—like the natural evolution of the "ugly sneaker" trend. IMAGE: Adidas Originals

It also has a nice metallic patch near the toebox. IMAGE: Adidas Originals

Best of all: Three colorways of the Falcon have arrived in Metro Manila: Black and Pink, Black and White, and Triple White. IMAGE: Adidas Originals

The Falcon has an upper made of suede and mesh, sitting on top of a lightweight EVA midsole with a midfoot torsion bar for stability. It looks and feels like a proper retro runner for the future.


The Adidas Falcon is now available in Metro Manila, at select Urban Athletics stores, including Urban Athletics at UP Town Center, for the full retail price of P5,500.

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