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A shoe initially created to endure an intense game of tennis, this now lifestyle sneaker still provides reliable support while offering a comfortable fit and feel. Its narrow toe box, however, may fit small to those with wider feet. A size up, though, should quickly fix this.

The round-toe, low-top Adidas Rod Laver Vintage is commonly available in men’s sizes. Generally accurate when it comes to length, it is available in sizes ranging from 5.5 to 12.5. Women can get a pair at least one full size smaller.

Usually donned in neutral colors accented by contrasting hues, this shoe is considered versatile as it looks great dressed up or down. Both genders can easily match this with their everyday casual and sporty clothing and end up looking fab without much fuss.

Lightweight and breathable, compared to its all-leather counterpart, it is also considered a popular summer shoe alternative. Whether you’re running errands, strolling around the city or out with your friends in hot weather, expect this shoe to keep your feet cool, dry and comfy all day.

Confident that its aesthetics can stand on its own, this shoe kept its silhouette clean by getting rid of the iconic three stripes. Its heel patch, which can either be made of leather or suede, also chose to be logo-free. The only branding displayed on this minimalist-style shoe is the “Rod Laver” callout. This wordmark can be seen on the heel.

A sibling of the iconic Stan Smith, the Adidas Rod Laver is also among the most coveted creations of the German brand. Born when leather tennis shoes were the go-to sneaker, the Rod Laver’s breathable and lightweight mesh upper overlaid with leather was considered unique at the same time appealing.

This heritage tennis shoe was named after Australian tennis player Rodney George “Rod” Laver. Dubbed as an Australian Living Treasure, he was known to play impeccably well on all court types, clay, grass, and wood included. In the history of tennis, Laver holds the most singles title. He is also the only one who was able to win 4 Grand Slam titles in one calendar year.

Truly impressive, Adidas saw it fit for a tennis shoe to be named after him. Making an appearance in the year 1970, its bare bones, stripe-free construction gave it its timeless quality.

Its success is apparent as various models have been created and released after its debut which happened over 45 years ago. A ubiquitous model, this product can be seen in a wide array of shapes, materials and color schemes. Among all its iterations, the Rod Laver Vintage is one rendition that’s hard to snag.

A slimmed down version of the original; it retained its predecessor’s mesh/leather upper. The toe cap, though, was ditched for a more streamlined look. It is commonly available in neutral colors. However, many designers and top-tier retailers around the world have collaborated with the brand to give this retro their stamp of approval as well as a new face.

Kanye West, now an iconic figure of the brand, before partnering with Nike, previously tried to team up with Adidas. During that time, his shoe of choice was the Rod Laver. Creating a new version of this sneaker was supposedly his first project, but this never materialized.

  • The sneaker’s flat rubber outsole features a herringbone traction pattern. This type of traction pattern offers dependable grip on various surfaces.
  • Its seven-eye lace-up closure includes flat shoestrings. This fastening helps wearers adjust the fit of the shoe to their liking.
  • Padded collar, leather lining and lightly cushioned insole enhance the sneaker’s in-shoe feel.


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