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The Rivalry RM has a regular fit, and its leather upper features a soft, supple feel. This model uses a traditional lace-up closure, comprised of eight eyelets, to lock the feet in with a custom fit. Also, its well-padded high collar supports and cushions the ankles. This high-top sneaker is available in men’s sizes.

This high-top silhouette oozes with lots of vintage hooper vibes, fitting in today’s casual, sporty, and athleisure style, especially with its Boost upgrade. Such silhouette matches a wide range of clothing variations—from regular or tight-fitting jeans to loose sweatpants and tapered joggers. Tops can either be sweaters, hoodies, or tees.

These Rivalry RM shoes come in a couple of colorways, such as core black/carbon/grey six, core black/cream white/orange, crystal white/cloud white/cream white, cloud white/chalk white/raw white, and more.

Vintage ’80s Rivalry silhouettes evoke a nostalgic vibe. But the RM's Boost upgrade gave this retro kick a powerful contemporary appeal, in both comfort and styling. In this Rivalry RM model, the past meets with the present to pave the way for the future.  

The original Rivalry silhouette debuted in 1986. It was famously associated with the New York Knicks Patrick Ewing, an NBA superstar and eventual basketball Hall of Famer. Adidas had given Ewing his signature sneaker, the Ewing Rivalry, which was dressed in Knicks-themed colors.

Recently, Adidas teamed up with designer Eric Emmanuel to reissue the Rivalry Hi. Then, as if picking up steam, Adidas put the Rivalry Hi under the RM program to give it a literal boost. The Rivalry RM features the famous Boost midsole and Memory Foam padding.     

  • There is a tongue loop that lets the laces hold the tongue in place.
  • Tiny perforations spread throughout the leather upper to provide breathability.
  • A pull tab is stitched in the heel to aid on-and-off wear.


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