Memories - adidas Promodel


Early adidas basketball shoe models started getting wide attention during the 1970-1971 basketball season. That year, my old high school basketball team broke with their Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star tradition for the low-top adidas Superstar.

adidas Promodel high-top basketball shoe (white, black stripes)The adidas Superstar has a corresponding high-top version, named the "Promodel."

adidas Promodel high-top basketball shoe (white, dark blue stripes)Despite the connotation of the name, the Promodel was no more exclusively for professionals than the Superstar was for superstars.

adidas Promodel high-top basketball shoe (white, shiny gray and blue stripes)The Promodel, like the Superstar, has been periodically issued and reissued over the years.

adidas Promodel high-top basketball shoe (black, white stripes)

adidas Promodel high-top basketball shoe (red, white stripes)

adidas Promodel high-top basketball shoe (blue, white stripes)

adidas Promodel high-top basketball shoe (forest green, white stripes)

adidas Promodel Original high-top basketball shoe (white patent leather, black stripes, beige outsole)

Closeup view of the adidas "Shell Toe" shoe toeThe adidas Promodel and its low-top equivalent, the Superstar, feature a distinctive toe-cap design. Adidas has used the so-called "shell-toes" design in other models.

adidas Promodel high-top basketball shoe (white, red stripes, partial shell-toe)Here's a picture of a vintage model that, unlike most, only has a partial "shell-toe" (the edges are rubber, the center is leather).

In 1998, adidas created a "Millennium" updated version of the classic Superstar and Promodel, as well as the Stan Smith tennis sneaker.


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