Adidas Celebrates the New Forum Sneaker


Through the Lens of SA’s Creators as They Turn an Open Mind into a Way of Life

Originally launched in 1984 as a Basketball sneaker, the Forum’s unique styling, innovative detailing and all-around premium feel saw it gain cult status both on and off the court and is today firmly established as a bonafide classic.

When it comes to classic sneakers, never has this been truer than now, with the hype around the relaunch of the Forum sneaker in July, adidas partnered with some of South Africa’s creative talents who represent the ethos of the Forum campaign “unapologetically amateur”.

Much like the shoe, the mood of the Forum FW21 campaign is loud, bold and in your face, but still welcoming of anyone with a different take. In this three-part OPEN FORUM series, filmed in Johannesburg and Cape Town, episode one shows Stacey Lee May famously known as the Queen of Smoke, taking Tutu Zondo Creative Curator and Co-founder of Vogue Nights for a spin on a car track, as they chat to each other about their passions, and their need to always stay open minded to new experiences, and tap into a world that offers a safe space to express themselves.

Make sure to peep episode two of the OPEN FORUM films, which features Skate Society Soweto, a skate group dedicated to helping the youth in Jozi to build a life outside of poverty and crime through skating. They are partnered with a group of ladies known as 4mygirls, whose aim is to create a safe space where girls are made to flourish. They can be heard having a casual chat, about how being unapologetically amateur opens to new experiences and people.

Watch episode 1 of the OPEN FORUM films.


Watch episode 2 of the OPEN FORUM films.


Stay tuned to adidasZA on Instagram for the final episode of the OPEN FORUM series, as Julia Robson Competitive Gamer and owner of DNMK, takes on Gina who uses the art of pole dancing as a way of empowering herself, as they navigate their worlds and stay open to trying new things.

The next chapter of Forum is available at and at adidas Originals stores with prices starting from R1699.

Follow the conversation on Instagram @adidasZA using #adidasFORUM.

“unapologetically amateur”