Its reference to the vintage ball shoe, made the Adidas Matchcourt High RX2 a notch higher than its fellow Matchcourt variations from the lows, mids, to its immediate predecessor the Adidas Matchcourt High RX in terms of support and cushioning. The other models are mostly created using an organic material.
Although the canvas upper offers breathability, the leather coverage of this second installment provides additional protection, especially when the foot is in motion. The well-constructed upper is likewise an instant charmer off-court and off the board with as it is designed with an appealing classic profile.
Adidas Matchcourt High RX2 History
Adidas Skateboarding, an offshoot of the Adidas Originals took form in 1998, when the brand teamed up with some of the pro skaters making waves at that time. But it was only two years later that the brand became known around the skateboarding circuits.
After 16 years of creating performance skate shoes, Adidas dropped the Matchcourt High RX2 filled with technical credentials from the mid-upper down to the pattern on the sole. The initial run is available in three colorways, the Collegiate Navy/ Footwear White/Bluebird, Core Black/ Core Black/Gold Metallic, and Footwear White/ Collegiate Navy/ Scarlet, with the first two built in suede and the last one in leather.
This skate shoe, a successor of the minimalist, canvas-made Matchcourt High RX, is built with a high-top upper with reinforced padding system that wraps around the heel for the needed support. And the rubber toe bumper is covered with a layer of synthetic material.
At a glance, the Matchcourt High RX2 which is made of either an all-leather or all-suede coverage directly resembles the 1979 basketball shoe,the Adidas Top Ten Hi. This marquee performance hoop shoe was designed and developed by NBA veteran Rick Barry.
The classic hardwood shoe features the proprietary Foreflex cut that lets the foot bend unrestrictedly in the right position. Barry also conceptualized the shoe with a trademark Ankle Saver, a support unit placed for the extra protection. He added perforations in the forefoot to increase the shoe’s ventilation. Lastly, Barry incorporated the Herringbone tread pattern in the outsole with a turning disc for grip and flexibility during lateral movements.
Although the Top Ten Hi basketball shoe was a generic labelling and was not named after a specific athlete at the time it was created, this shoe was sported by an All-Star court cast, namely Marques Johnson, Doug Collins, Kermit Washington, Bob Lanier, Adrian Dantley, Bobby Jones, Sidney Wicks, Billy Knight, Kevin Grevey, and Mitch Kupchak. Eventually, this silhouette graced the feet of several other professional and amateur basketball athletes until it found its way into the skateboarding scene.
The heritage ball shoe retained its high-top frame and was retooled to match the demands of technical skating. Adidas fortified the toecap by adding rubber and synthetic material in that area to protect the forefoot during simple flips and tricks with the board. Not only is this shoe supportive and all-technical, it is stylish which gets the approval of sneaker enthusiasts. It is likewise a functional foot equipment ideal for daily use.