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 and trim)The adidas Superstar has a corresponding high-top style, named the "Promodel."


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


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

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

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

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

adidas Promodel Original high-top basketball shoe (white patent leather, black stripe and trims, 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 and trim, 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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