All of these models shared a basically identical herringbone outsole: adidas Campus, Promodel, and Superstar; Nike Blazer and Bruin.
The outsole of the adidas Country is yet another modification of the traditional herringbone pattern sole. Note the "Trefoil" logo on the bottom of the shoe.
Various adidas designs have used these outsole designs for many years, from the 1970's Dragon and SL72 to the Samba Super-Suede of the late 1990's.
design (covered by US Patent 3629962) was
not only endorsed by baseball player Lou Brock but apparently designed and
patented by Lou Brock.
The Nike Cortez used a herringbone outsole pattern with space for a tiny "SWOOSH"
in the middle.
The Nike "waffle" sole design looks like this.
Puma used an outsole with a grid of squares on their "Basket" and "Clyde"
models. As I remember, the simple herringbone outsole worked much better! I'm not the
only one that I remember slipping and sliding around in Puma
sneakers! The later "Super Basket" substituted a more skid-resistant
herringbone outsole (the example on the right).
We can't have preppy feet touching the cold, hard ground unprotected. So, many of them choose the classic Tretorn Nylite to do the dirty work.
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