While most of today’s sneakers boast a streamlined, contemporary look, the Adidas Metro Attitude remains proud of its bulky silhouette. The net detailing on the medial side, the stitching accents on the sole and the debossed Trefoil logo on the heel are small, subtle additions that set this sneaker apart from others.
Adidas Metro Attitude History
Back in the year 1986, the German brand introduced the Metro Attitude. Built for the court, the sneaker's groundbreaking design caught the attention of Jamaican-American NBA player Patrick Ewing.
Standing 7 feet 0 inches tall and wearing the number “33” on his jersey, former New York Knicks star Ewing wore the high-top Adidas Metro Attitude on-court and stood out. Not only did he prove that he deserves the title of being one of NBA history’s 50 Greatest Players, but he also showed everyone that the Metro Attitude is a hoop shoe that combined performance and style perfectly.
Fast forward to 2002; this court shoe was reissued and transcended into the realm of fashion. Soon enough, it became a streetwear staple. A year after, a modified version made for skateboarding surfaced.
Since its re-appearance, this France-manufactured sneaker has been released in a variety of hues, mostly in loud, glitzy colors. Its high-top profile served as a bigger blank canvas for fashion designers like Jeremy Scott and Ronnie Fieg, as well as musicians like American rapper Big Sean. Its chunky silhouette was also an ideal base for new technologies.
Among the most sought-after editions is the “Xeno.” This new-found tech boasts a cool iridescent detailing. Inspired by the luminous scales of the Southeast Asian Sunbeam snake (aka Xenopeltidae), this unique feature when applied to a sneaker's upper creates a stunning visual display that makes other 3M-furnished kicks jealous.
Another coveted version is the fake lizard-skin iteration that is offered in purple/yellow, blue/orange and white/black colorways. These are regarded as the rarest editions.