The adidas Rod Laver Makes a Comeback in CanvasRelease: 28 November 2020
With 200 singles titles – including a double sweep of calendar Grand Slams – and a heap of tournament wins across all surfaces, Australian tennis great Rod Laver is regarded as the most winningest player in the sport’s history. Even with the prestigious distinction of having a major stadium named after him in Melbourne (the Rod Laver Arena), perhaps his greatest achievement of all – at least in the sneakersphere – is having his own eponymous signature shoe with adidas.
Fifty years since the classic tennis sneaker was introduced, it’s become an underrated gem of the Three Stripes assortment. Thankfully, adi have historically given the Rod Laver the treatment it deserves, and this next Consortium-tier release continues the luxury service.
The OG Rod Laver uppers were designed for performance using predominately mesh panels with leather eyestays and suede toe caps. Decades on, the model is purely for casual use, so this edition sees hardy grey flecked canvas subbed in, with contrast red suede toe caps for extra pop. On the opposite end of the heel tab, grey-blue suede continues the accenting, while full grain leather eyestays add a final premium touch. Terry lining and leather insoles are lush, and the thick rubber wedge midsole has plenty of cush. Bronze stamped branding is a curious but interesting finish.
This new adidas Rod Laver colourway is out now from selected boutiques such as Bodega.