Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Many testers say that the Adidas Rivalry Low feels so comfortable and light on feet.
  • Most reviewers are impressed with how remarkably well it has held up with daily use.
  • Its arch support feels fine to some wearers.
  • Some shoppers remark that its leather upper is smooth, soft, and easy to clean.
  • Several customers remark that the Adidas Rivalry Low looks sophisticated enough to suit anything they want to wear and anywhere they want to go.
  • It requires no break-in period, a few users have mentioned.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers remark that the sole feels somewhat flat.
  • It lacks a bit of ventilation, according to some users.

Bottom line

Under the Originals umbrella, the Three Stripes introduces the Rivalry Low—a minimalist low-top version of the Rivalry High. This sneaker that is primarily featured in a non-contrast triple-white palette is decked in premium leather upper, peppered with perforations.

It is reinforced with leather overlays offering sturdy support and durability. The upper and midsole settle atop an off-white cupsole with a grippy tread underneath. With its affordable range, the Rivalry Low proves to be a wise deal.

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Good to know

The Adidas Rivalry Low has a regular fit with a soft feel. Its low profile allows the ankles to retain a full range of motion when wearing. It also uses a traditional lace-up closure, with five reinforced eyelets, that locks down the feet with a customizable fit. Moreover, this model is available in both men’s and women’s sizing.

Oozing with vintage hooper vibes, the Rivalry Low fits into today’s casual, sporty, and athleisure outfits. It even has that preppy vibe. Men can go for denim, joggers, sweatpants, shorts, and the sort, with a simple tee or a jacket for a top. On the other hand, women can match the Rivalry Low with skinny jeans, leggings, long skirts, pencil skirts, and skimpy shorts. Then finish the look with a tank top, blouse, leather jacket, or cardigan.

Moreover, these vintage trainers come in a variety of colorways: cloud white/cloud white/off white, cloud white/cloud white/core black, core black/running white/cream white, cloud white/cloud white/glow pink, and cloud white/cloud white/glow blue.

When it comes to exuding elegant, classic vibes, Adidas Rivalry shoes deserve to be up there with the Stan Smith and the Superstar. Sitting atop an iconic hard-wearing sole, the supple leather upper—with its cuts, trimmings, overlays, perforations, stitched-on stripes, and Trefoil—exhibit the authentic, timeless Adidas spirit.     

Its roots go back to the Rivalry High silhouette, a b-ball silhouette that debuted in 1986. It became a hardwood icon with its association with NBA Star and Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks. Later in the Rivalry’s run, it began to have a low-cut take, giving birth to the Rivalry Low.  

In 2019, Adidas released the Home of the Classics capsule, a range of ten classic silhouettes reworked into all-white versions, on which the Rivalry Low was included.

  • It has a lightweight EVA midsole that cradles and cushions the feet.
  • An Ortholite sock liner, which has anti-moisture and anti-bacterial properties, keeps the feet clean, cool, and dry.


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