Size and fit

Adidas BBall80s belong to the men’s Essential collection. The sizes range from 4 to 14. Size is accurate to measurement, and the fit is comfy enough even for people with slightly wide feet. An adjustable fit is made possible with the use of the alternative lacing system which features eyelets alternating between being laid out farther or closer to the tongues.

Pull tabs on the tongues allow for easy on and off fitting.

Adidas BBall80s Style

Make no mistake. These kicks may recall the basketball styles of yore (the 80s to be exact), but they’re modern through and through. Aside from the sporty styling, the use of mesh on the uppers of the shoes gives these an ultra-casual vibe that’s best for lounging days and laidback outings.

The seamless mesh uppers are broken only by the toe trims, heel stabilizers, heel counters, tongue pulls, laces, and the Three-Stripe branding that provides the only contrasting shades against the base’s solid one-piece color. 

The sneakers come in three colorways: cloud white/blue/scarlet, core black/cloud white/grey, and light granite/light granite/black (the base in this last colorway is made up of a mix of grey and white, and is not one solid grey color).

Notable Features

Just like the basketball kicks of old, these 80’s bball-inspired shoes don’t feature much modern tech aside from their use of OrthoLite Float sockliners. The sneakers rely heavily on old-school comfort by way of excellent construction and use of materials.

The OrthoLite Fresh Float sockliners only serve to upgrade the comfort by providing enhanced cushioning, maintaining ventilation in and around the sockliners, and wicking away moisture. 

Adidas BBall80s History

Adidas has long been known as a leading sportswear company way before it ventured into the lifestyle market. From designing and manufacturing running shoes, the brand has expanded its reach into other sports markets such as baseball, cricket, soccer, basketball, and more.

One of the brand’s main focus in the early days was the hoop sport for which they developed several models. One popular trend for bball sneakers back then was to have mainly flat, minimalist white outsoles. Adidas brings that old trend back but dresses the uppers with a contemporary mid-top profile and a straightforward styling that’s at par with the soles but in direct contrast to the 80s trend of high-top uppers set with tons of layers. 

Additional Info

  • Adidas BBAll80s shoes feature textile linings and a rubber cupsole construction. 
  • The shoes are priced at $80.


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