Rod (Rodney George) Laver was an Australian tennis pro of the 1960's. Like Stan Smith, an American tennis player around the same era, adidas gave him the honors of a namesake shoe.
However, the Rod Laver shoe is standard equipment for a sport not yet invented when Rod was a tennis star. Many freestyle footbag players prefer the Rod Laver and its smooth sides of nylon mesh. Their requests were instrumental in bringing the Rod Laver shoe out of retirement and back into shoe stores. Note that the Rod Laver does not have any side stripes.
In 2005, adidas introduced a mid-top version of the Rod Laver shoe.
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