The term “terrace sneakers” applies to all those shoes worn during the ‘80s and the ‘90s by the hooligans, the soccer fans movement who took over Europe and England. Terrace shoes are nearly all adidas Originals or New Balance; Reebok and Nike - few silhouettes, beware - are allowed too. Actually, most are retro sneakers intend for indoor disciplines, like volleyball or handball. There’s a point to it, and it’s basically the same that pushed many casuals - that’s how fans were called there days - to progressively replace soccer jerseys and merchandise with everyday gears: hide themselves in the crowd and escape from police. Read more…
The undisputed king of terrace footwear remains adidas Originals. Trimm Trab, Stan Smith and Gazelle have all been crucial styles for the casuals, but nothing compares to the unmatched adidas Samba with their iconic sharp lines, which can be easily noticed on the stands of every stadium around the world. Moving forward, the Nineties were a crucial decade as the opening of the commercial borders drove many English supporters to Europe for away games, where they became aware of now-iconic brands like Stone Island, Fila and Sergio Tacchini for what concerns apparel, or Diadora and Puma for sneakers. Put short, the great thing about terrace culture is that every country, every team and every fanbase has its own rule and its own dress code, just as it happens for soccer jerseys and stadium chants.