Size and fit

The Adidas Rod Laver provides a fairly good fit to the wearer, though it may not be that accommodating to some who do not have standard foot width. The traditional lace-up closure system of this retro kicks helps in allowing the wearer to adjust the shoe to a comfortable fit.

The shoe is offered in men’s sizing though women can also purchase the shoe by deducting 1.5 from the men’s sizing. Half sizes are also available for the shoe and are offered in medium widths.

Adidas Rod Laver Style

The classic look of the Adidas Rod Laver, although clearly a tennis-inspired shoe, also represents versatility. Its stylish look can easily be paired with a variety of outfit choices.

One can use these pair of this kicks as a street-style look complement when out for a stroll around town, going out for lunch with friends, or attending some festivals. One can also wear this shoe with a casual outfit when running some errands. It is also perfect for an everyday use or when at work. The shoe goes well with a pair of jeans, joggers, or shorts.

Notable Features

The comfortable and breathable feeling the Adidas Rod Laver provides to the wearer is basically one of the reasons why most people stay loyal to these pair of kicks throughout time. They were truly appreciative on how the shoe keeps their foot at ease for a long time. They also loved how durable the shoe is. The clean and stylish look of the shoe also caught a lot of attention from the buyers.

Adidas Rod Laver History

Rod Laver, an Australian professional tennis player who won 47 tournaments and five Davis Cups, was the one who inspired the creation of one of the first pro tennis shoes introduced by Adidas. The shoe that was named after him, the Adidas Rod Laver, was first officially released in the year 1970. The original shoe featured a rounded toe box and throughout time, with a few iterations on the original silhouette, the shoe is recognized by many with the profile it currently presents.

The Adidas Rod Laver also has witnessed some amazing collaborative releases in its existence as well as some changes on its upper material for some other releases made for the shoe. Since its first release and up to the present, this shoe has proven itself to be a true classic and continues to be sought after by many.

Nice to know


  • The Adidas Rod Laver can be purchased at a discounted price in some retailers.
  • Rod Laver wore some of the prototypes of the shoe during his successful run in the year 1969.
  • The suede cap and the heel patch are just two of the finer details of the Rod Laver from Adidas.

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Mesh, Cup Sole, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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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.