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10 reasons to buy

  • Numerous reviewers have loved the Adidas Extaball’s adorable image and excellent features.
  • A handful of customers have noticed the shoe's well-made form and high-quality materials.
  • Some buyers have commended the sneaker's outstanding color combinations.
  • With its remarkable overall package of premium quality and function, the Adidas Extaball has proven to be a highly recommended shoe.
  • The high-top sneaker has impressed many customers with its beautiful silhouette, which harbors a vintage image with contemporary styling.
  • According to a lot of users, the shoe caters exceptional comfort even when doing different activities.
  • The shoe was sold at a very reasonable price, as testified by several purchasers.
  • The sneaker has greatly impressed a small number of wearers, who stated that either they were planning to buy or had already purchased another colorway.
  • Few users have praised the shoe's ankle support as observed with the high-top shank.
  • The sneaker looks the same as the pictures, as expressed by a tiny number of buyers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers are ere annoyed by the soreness of their pinky toe after wearing for a time.
  • A user has noticed that the sneaker makes a squeaky sound whenever she walks.
  • Due to the sneakers flat heel, the shoe does not provide arch support as experienced by a couple of reviewers.

Bottom line

From the resurfaced vintage form of retro basketball shoes under the Originals umbrella, the Extaball had captured the interests of many with its contemporary style. Tinted with the right combination of hues, its design satisfied wearers and had soared its status into a must-cop shoe. Adidas also built the Extaball with the right mix of cushioning and comfort in mind. That makes this a well-rounded model. 

Facts

Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole
Price: $70
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Purple, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 3% best sneaker
A top rated Adidas sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this April

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High tops ensure great ankle stability, and it was fortunate for women to see it on the Adidas Extaball shoes. The sneaker has a lace system of fastening for a secure and snugger fit. Several colorways include straps at the shank for ankle support. The sneaker is released in women's sizes.

Adding an ankle support shank to its sleek design, the Adidas Extaball enables wearers to sport a classic image while maximizing an active lifestyle. The shoe is excellent when combined with skinny jeans and leggings. It can often be seen worn by Zumba dancers and gym nuts. Wearing a dress that complements the sneaker's colorway would also suffice.

Various versions of the Extaball had surfaced. Most of them kept on experimenting on the viable patch on the heel which, most of the time, displays a large Adidas print with a classic Trefoil logo.

The high top strapless silhouette of the shoe features nine eyelets extending up to the shank with the top two holes harnessing a rectangular figure. An Adidas logo in bold lettering can be found at the back of the ankle as well as the return of the original trefoil logo. For breathability, perforations are placed in the toe box. The outsole alternates between the herringbone pattern and a solid outlined sole which also exhibits an irregularly patched design with another trefoil logo.

The colorway with a strap differs in specific details. The back of the shank logo does not include the word Adidas and only display a trefoil logo. The outsole has symmetrical notched eyes with an Adidas trefoil logo on the midfoot. The last two eyelets at the shank part of the strapped colorway cannot be utilized.

Adidas high tops were apparently not of this era but were borrowed from the concepts of shoes from more than half a century ago. Increasing demand for high top athletic shoes prevailed in the 1950s as the rise of the sport called basketball took the limelight. Several shoe companies at that time tried to comprehend the basics in shoe design and develop the appropriate technology and style for the athletic apparel.

The Adidas Allaround, the company's first high top silhouette, was released in 1955 which catered the feet of players in the court but was also developed later on to be used in the field and training. From then on, high profile shoes became a staple in the world of basketball.

With the growing community and demand for basketball, shoe companies spontaneously released high cut models and Adidas' answer to that was the Adidas Top Ten that featured high cut shoes with canvas uppers. This basketball shoe inspired the prolific creation of the same form in leather uppers with the likes of the Adidas Forum and the Adidas Decade which was both re-issued in various colorways in the more recent years.

In line with this, a particular shoe with the same vintage basketball image was released almost three decades after the Adidas Decade and was explicitly intended for women. Enter the Adidas Extaball that features a vulcanized rubber sole with a variety of upper materials ranging from leather, suede, canvas, mesh, and synthetic leather. The said shoe model was also made available in many colorways as the years have passed.

Having a vintage appeal coming from Adidas’ basketball roots implies a relevant facade for a multitude of colors especially during a time where dad shoes and funky silhouettes take over the fashion world. The flat-to-the-ground image of the Extaball was hailed from iterations the Forum and the likes. Extending the ankle shaft coincidentally offered more room for designers to paint designs with thus the birth of countless versions of the shoe.

One collaboration which helped bring the women’s Adidas Extaball to the sneaker world surface was probably that of Rita Ora’s presence. The Rita Ora x Adidas Originals Extaball “Colourblock Pack” features a dominant black suede upper with a little bit of patent leather accents on the Three Stripes and seams. What makes the sneaker stand out is the rainbow paneling on the standard vulcanized midsole which makes the dark-toned upper pop more.

The basketball-inspired collab was released in September 2014 a couple of months before Ora’s inaugural 2014 Elle Korea collection featuring Adidas apparel. With a signature pout, the superstar flaunts fashion-forward Adidas clothing alongside women-centric Adidas footwear as she struts down and poses for the Korean mag.

  • A collaboration between Rita Ora and this shoe took place in 2014 which feature a black toned silhouette with a rainbow-colored midsole.
  • The sneaker includes an OrthoLite® footbed for added cushioning and prevents odor.
  • Several colorways feature graphic designs at the shank and sometimes at the heel counter.
  • An almost similar shoe resembling the construction and elements of the Extaball is the Adidas Midiru Court.
  • Another version of the sneaker named Adidas Extaball Up utilizes velcro straps on the shin-area on top of the tongue.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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