A Brief History of adidas Basketball

With Jordan, Nike, and to a lesser extent, PUMA having such a strong identity in basketball, it can sometimes get forgotten that adidas have also had their part to play. Not ones to let a brand’s history slip through the net, this post will touch on all those adidas b-ball classics which became game-changers in their own right. Stick with us to be enlightened on which shoes were donned by some of the blockbuster names in NBA, which shoes were the some of the first to showcase all-new materials and which were the one to transcend the sports into the realms of different subcultures.

1969: SUPERSTAR | 1971: CAMPUS | 1971: AMERICANA | 1975: NIZZA | 1986: RIVALRY | 2019: Rivalry BOOST | 2019: adidas x Marvel

SUPERSTAR

1969

The Superstar is one of those shoes that has stood the test of time. Forever maintaining its status as a cult classic, its…read more

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CAMPUS

1971

The Campus was originally coined the ‘Tournament’ in the early ‘70s and was later renamed ‘Campus’ in 1980. Originally starting…read more

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AMERICANA

1971

Released onto the court in 1971, the Americana was a seminal silhouette in the sneaker sphere. The design was one of the first…read more

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NIZZA

1975

Next up, we have the 1975 Nizza. Despite the Americana’s movements into mesh, the Nizza opted for a sturdy canvas fabric up top. The…read more

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RIVALRY

1986

Donned by NBA Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing back in 1986, adidas Originals’ Rivalry was originally crafted in the colours of Ewing’s beloved…read more

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Rivarly BOOST

2019

Retaining all the same characteristics as its ’86 counterpart, 2019 seen adidas’ classic Rivalry silhouette remixed and modernised with the…read more

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adidas x Marvel

2019

Merging heroes of the sporting world with heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adidas teams up with Marvel for a special themed…read more

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