Who should buy the Adidas Rivalry High

Adidas Rivalry High is a high-top basketball shoe that debuted in 1986. This is definitely a must-have if you want:

  • A classic shoe that offers superb comfort
  • A high-top shoe that is lightweight

Adidas Rivalry High three stripes

Adidas Rivalry High Style

This revamped high-top model gives everyone a powerful flash of nostalgia. Men can grace their feet and outfit with the 1980s hooper vibe, which this retro pair emits. Sweatpants, joggers, hoodies, sweaters, and the sort match and accentuate the game-ready Rivalry High silhouette.

Adidas Rivalry High collar

Aside from the Crystal White/Blue/Orange Knicks-themed colorway, the Rivalry High is also available in smooth black and white colorway. With this subtler option, men can sport a more casual outfit such as slim-fit or skinny jeans.

Adidas Rivalry High midsole

Traditional lace-up closure

The Adidas Rivalry High features a traditional lace-up closure, which has nine eyelets, providing the foot with a customizable locked-in fit.

Adidas Rivalry High laces

Breathable toe box

The slanted toe box area is perforated to add more breathability as well as old-school styling.

Adidas Rivalry High toe box

Adidas Rivalry High History

Adidas has dug into their archives—from the ’60s up to the ’90s—seeking inspiration or silhouettes deserving of a major throwback. As a result, the Three Stripes once again struck gold and brought back one of their most significant high-top models, the Rivalry High. Then the Adidas Originals team worked together with famous sportswear designer Eric Emanuel to reissue the Rivalry shoe. All inspired to remind everyone of New York’s love for the sport.

Adidas Rivalry High outsole

It was a high-top basketball shoe that debuted in 1986 and was linked to NBA Superstar and Basketball Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks. Adidas gave Ewing his first signature shoe in 1986, the Ewing Rivalry, which was dressed in the New York Knicks colors—in white, blue, orange. The reissued Rivalry High is available in that historic vintage colorway, along with the subtle black and white version.

Adidas Rivalry High material

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Rivalry
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Fall

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.