Size and fit

The Adidas Court Adapt is available in men’s and women’s sizing. The sneaker is built in a slip-on construction for ease of entry with the collars stretching in a convex manner which doubles as pull tabs for some people. The laces act more on the aesthetic side but also give more structure to the top of the vamp.

Adidas Court Adapt Style

The Adidas NEO Court Adapt sneakers not only radiate the significant influence from the Stan Smith, but it also took hints from several models as well in terms of style.

One of the features that would never be left out is the Three Stripes branding which is somewhat pulled out from the accents of shoes under the ZX franchise. Those three short diagonal lines on the lateral and medial side of the kicks break the continuous sleekness of the knit upper. According to some users, those details also make the flat-to-the-ground sneaker a bit sporty-looking but with a dash of class.

The brilliant thing about the Adidas Court Adapt sneaker is that it can be worn with a suit too even though it would be a little bit weird, but still, it works. The one-piece construction of the upper holds the laces aptly which, by the way, serve more as decoration than utility.

The collar also hugs the foot implying that these kicks can be partnered with no-show socks for an on-the-go image. From sporty to casual in no time, these sneakers house a platoon of clothing options for numerous types of activities and hanging out.

Colorways determine whether these Adidas Court Adapt shoes belong to the men’s category or the women’s. Versions like the Ice Mint and True Pink most likely belong to the ladies while darker and more muted tones like Core Black and Raw Khaki are for the gents.

Notable Features

With a silhouette almost closely resembling those of the Adidas Deerupt Runners, these Court Adapt versions are dialed down in terms of accents on its exterior surface. The only embellishments seen on its upper are the fused Three Stripes brandings on both sides and a heel tab that would pay a nod to those elements found at the back of the Adidas Stans Smiths. Also, these patches positioned in between the collar and the sole are embossed giving more dimension to the overall feel of the sneaker.

Adidas Court Adapt History

As time progressed, humanity gradually manifested a look closer to those found in dystopian movies where apparel projected uncalled for designs. Even though some may be radical and futuristic, several were relevantly quaint in a sense. Sportswear giants like Adidas, Nike, Puma, Reebok, and others would eventually spearhead this movement toward a lifestyle outlook leaning parallel to a sci-fi-inspired design. Nevertheless, none of these shoe models would be possible without the influence of past icons which served as the framework for future iterations.

Since 2014-ish, sneakers embraced the vintage trend courtesy of flagship shoes resurrected from the grave namely the Adidas Stan Smith and the Superstar. Technically they never really went out of stock and style, and these so-called pioneers were brought back to the fashion surface by Adidas through the reestablishment of their original colorways. Fortunately for Adidas, millennials and Gen Z teens developed a knack for these ancient samples probably because they have seen them on the feet of their parents or that uncle staying loyal to an unhindered look.

Adidas betting on the concurrent fashion sense of teens happened a few years back, technically in 2011, when the German brand conceptualized a fast-paced subsidiary called Adidas NEO. NEO was designed to cater to the needs of the lifestyle-hungry portion of the society which has a spontaneous taste for clothing and sportswear that are readily available. This sub-category displayed a plethora of new designs which hails their structure from iconic models themselves like, as per usual, the Adidas Stan Smith.

Speaking of that ever-so-popular tennis shoe, the Stan Smith, due to its ridiculous popularity, had been refurbished numerous times with colorways stacking higher than the empire state building. Its material composition has also been replaced with Adidas’ answer to Nike’s Flyknit tech called Primeknit. The Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit was one of the early renditions of a classic being given a contemporary makeover.

The silky smooth look of the resulting combination of Primeknit and the tennis shoe powerhouse influenced a myriad of Adidas sneakers especially those found under the NEO brand. One of which is the Adidas Essentials: Adidas Court Adapt. From underfoot materials to the streamlined upper, the sneaker screams Stan Smith all over. Stitches along the perimeter of the midsole give honor to models from the past while the mash-up of a different kind of knitted material completes the contemporary vibe.

These men’s Adidas Court Adapt follow the ongoing trend of one-piece uppers which almost, but not entirely, disregards the lacing system--slipping the foot flawlessly for a quick and easy trip. The said sneaker was released in the early part of 2019 with already a platoon of colorways to choose from.

Nice to know

  • The uppers are composed of knitted material.
  • One-piece uppers administer a sock-like fit and a slip-on feature for easy on and off.
  • The sneaker contains a Cloudfoam sockliner for plush cushioning.
  • Its durable rubber outsole provides superb traction and grip.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Adidas NEO
Closure: Slip-on, Laces
Material: Knit, Rubber Sole, EVA / 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.