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.
The adidas Superstar has a corresponding high-top style, named the "Promodel."
Despite the connotation of the name, the Promodel was no more exclusively for professionals than the Superstar was for superstars.
The Promodel, like the Superstar, has been periodically issued and reissued over the years.
The 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.
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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Last Updated: 23 February 2017
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