Giant Adidas Shoes at Adidas Village
Location: Portland, Oregon (5055 N. Greeley Ave.)
When to visit: Daylight hours
Time needed: 5-10 minutes
Wanna pose with sneakers bigger than your entire body? Head to Adidas Village in Portland, Oregon. That’s where you’ll find these giant Adidas shoes.
This is a single pair of Adidas Superstar shoes, painted white with the three familiar black stripes. They are similar to the famous Run DMC shoes (which, by the way, are on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)
The giant Adidas shoes are big enough that you can sit inside them if you want. They’re about 15 feet long and were apparently created years ago for a promotion before being repurposed as a quirky roadside attraction.
Visiting the Giant Adidas Shoes at Adidas Village
The 11-acre Adidas Village campus is the company’s North American headquarters. So it’s more of a business office than an actual store. That’s the irony – you can view the huge Superstar shoes here, but you can’t buy a pair!
The cool thing about these kicks is that they change often. The company repaints and redesigns them from time to time, so if you make return visits to Portland, you might find that the shoes look completely different next time. In the past, they’ve also been painted gold and black.
Like any good pair of footwear, these shoes have a bit of wear and tear. One shoe in particular has some cracking inside. You can easily hide this so it’s not visible in your Instagram photos.
There’s a parking lot on-site that includes free visitor parking, although it’s not clear whether the visitor parking is specifically for people going inside the complex, or whether folks who just want giant shoe pictures can park there as well. I parked in the lot, walked over and took a few pics, and then went back to my car and left.
There’s a busy two-lane street right in front of the shoes, so expect that lots of nearby drivers will be watching as you make your silly poses with the shoes.
Note: To see these giant Adidas shoes, make sure to go to exact address: 5055 N. Greeley Avenue. If you search “Adidas Portland,” you’ll be directed to the Adidas Employee Store, which is also a popular attraction, but it’s not the spot to see the big shoes!
This particular area on Greeley Avenue is a few miles north of downtown, and it’s a bit out of the way, but it does sit just off I-5, so it’s easily accessible by vehicle.
Portland also has a famous Nike outlet store, so don’t get confused between the different footwear attractions. They love their sneakers in the PDX!
Also in Portland…
While you’re in Portland, don’t forget to visit the numerous other quirky attractions, like Mill Ends Park (the smallest official city park in the world), Mount Tabor Park (an extinct volcano), and the cool Hawthorne District.
Here’s a complete list of my favorite weird things to do in Portland!
And if you’re really into shoes, read our article about the Shoe Museum in Toronto.