Size and fit

The low-top Adidas Originals Streetball is available in both genders’ sizing. This regular fitting sneaker is secured with the conventional lacing system for an adjustable, fastened fit. Adidas used the lightly padded tongue and collar for added comfort to its users. To further improve the cozy feel and speed, the brand used the lightweight Lightstrike cushioning. 

Also, the brand used leather overlays on its mesh upper to give its wearers a stable fit. The perforations found on the toebox and heel, and the mesh on the quarter enhance this pair's overall breathability. 

Adidas Streetball Style

Displaying a look inspired by the 1993's Streetball II, the modernized Streetball from the Adidas Originals collection features a look timely to the dad sneaker trend. The upper is made of layers of mixed materials resting on top of a chunky, aggressive-looking sole. This type of construction was constantly flaunted on the hardcourt scenes in the 90s. 

This retro basketball sneaker is available in several hues. Some of the most popular colorways are cloud white/core black/flash orange, core black/cloud white/high-resolution aqua, legend earth/gum/cloud white, flash orange/core black, and savannah/gum/cloud white.

Slip this stylish sneaker with dress pants and crew-neck sweater to added rugged touch to one's elegant ensemble. The Adidas Streetball looks good on feet too when paired with ripped jeans and biker jacket for that cool-guy sartorial. Sweatpants and oversized hoodies also look great when finished off with chunky Adidas Streetball shoes.

Notable Features

The Adidas Streetball displays a unique shape making it another show-stopper silhouette from the Three Stripes. This pair sports an eye-catching gum rubber sole that pokes through the iconic three stripes branding, giving that attention-grabbing detail.

Also, the upper has layers of various materials to give authentic 90s basketball fashions. It also has an elastic band found inside that holds the tongue in place. This element feels like internal sleeves, providing a realistic 90s vibe. Lastly, it has an oversized tongue and heel tab for easy on and off while adding cool 90s feel.

Adidas Streetball History

Basketball is considered a vital part of Adidas' history since 1949. The brand launched the model Trainingsstiefel shoes in the 50s as the unofficial footwear for basketball sportswear. The Trainingsstiefel was engineered with soft and cushioned sole, inflexible toe cap, and well-padded ankle collar for enhanced protection.

Since then, Adidas has been unstoppable in conceptualizing basketball footwear with innovative technologies to enhance the performance of its wearers. The brand was also able to ink countless basketball superstars to endorse their products. Some of the iconic silhouettes Adidas produced under its basketball belt are the Pro Model and Superstar.

The 90s was considered the era when basketball games began to evolve into a fast and powerful sport. The popularity of street basketball ignited Adidas' quest for fame. The brand grabbed this opportunity and realized the magnitude of this sub-culture. Adidas sponsored several tournaments around Europe and Germany. 

In 1993, Adidas introduced the Streetball 2, a model intended for the streetball tournament sponsored by Adidas. This outdoor kick was known for its rubber toe guard that protects the toes of its wearers at the same time to endure the wear and tear. This pair also displayed the die cuts on its upper for breathability and neoprene inner bootie for added overall comfort snd support.

  Adidas Streetball: fashion and function

Adidas retro-ed Streetball 2 in 2014. In the middle of 2019, Three Stripes released the Adidas Streetball shoes during the brand's streetball challenge. The Three Stripes team aimed to pay homage to the colorful history of basketball by reintroducing a collection that celebrates the grassroots of basketball.

It was revealed that Adidas first conceptualized the revival of Streetball in 2017. After watching an intense and aggressive pick-up street hoops game, the brand realized that outdoor basketball shoes are limited. That is when the German brand started to dig its archives and decided to revamp the Streetball silhouette. 

Adidas Streetball kick fused modern fashion with the hoop elements from the 90s. It features a durable layered upper with bulky sole for that rugged look. The lightweight cushioning on the midsole, meanwhile, adds style with delivering a comfortable ride to its wearers.

Additional Info

  • The rubber outsole of Adidas Streetball for men and women delivers superb traction on various kinds of surfaces.
  • The pair has a rubber piece on the lateral side of the forefoot that adds protection against wear and tear.
  • The pull tab can be found on the tongue. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Retro, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Author
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.