Many people would desist from wearing shoes with obsolete style. But what makes this shoe super, apart from its timeless noticeable features is the supreme comfort it gives to the foot. One of the advantages of the Rod Laver Super is its distinctive all-white nylon mesh upper which offers not only an aesthetic appeal, but superb breathability as well as it keeps the foot appropriately ventilated.
Another super factor lies in its sole. Its midsole is made of lightweight but hard wearing polyurethane for added comfort. It is paired with an outsole of contrast PU. With its sole made of polyurethane, it is highly possible that the shoe will have a substantial second-hand value.
Adidas Rod Laver Super History
The growing demand for Adidas’ original footwear designs pushed this German brand to resurrect some of its most recognizable silhouettes. One that received a few tweaks was this highly sought after classic Rod Laver kicks originally dropped in 1970 as a tennis shoe. Its initial DNA resembles the Adidas’ star player of all time, the Stan Smith, a white and green tennis shoe with perforated stripes on the sides.
Several iterations of the Rod Laver came out later such as the 2012 Rod Laver LEA Retro that took away the noticeable stripes from the original leather cover and replaced with a perforated upper.
A few years later, the perforated leather covering used for the original Rod Laver was changed to nylon mesh, which enhanced the breathability of the shoe. Its midsole and outsole were made of thick rubber that resulted to better grip and traction on ground surfaces. However, many noticed that the shoe lost much of its flexibility as compared to the performance feature of the original drop.
In 2016, the Rod Laver Super was launched, offering a much-improved comfort complimented by its classic style. It retained the forefoot pivot point feature of the original design in its outsole for added traction.
Several collaborative works between the brand and other popular retail stores and prominent designers were made to remaster the Rod Laver under the Adidas Consortium collection.
The Rod Laver leaped from the court to the streets with the release of three colorways that made a striking appeal to skateboarding communities. These were the Silas Baxter-Neal, Dennis Busenitz, and Lucas Puig.
It was said that before Kanye West teamed up with Nike for the creation of the Air Yeezy 1 and Yeezy 2 and later on with Adidas for the Yeezy Boost 350 and Yeezy Boost 750, he linked up with this German brand in 2006 to work on the Adidas Rod Laver Vintage tennis sneaker project. However, the shoe was not released during that time.