In 1979, adidas debuted the revolutionary Top Ten basketball shoe. Designed with help from future Hall of Famer Rick Barry, its name came from being endorsed by the “Top Ten” professional basketball players in the US including fellow future Hall of Famers Bob Lanier and Adrian Dantley. Thirty years after its introduction, the Top Ten lives on as a classic shoe with fresh new colorways like Air Force Blue/White.
The new Top Ten High in Air Force Blue/White maintains all the elements of the shoe’s original performance-based design. The collar is padded for extra ankle support. The outsole has a herring-bone pattern and serrated edges for traction and flexibility. And the vamp is perforated for breathability. Unlike the original, this shoe features perforated patent leather on the collar and toe cap, plain patent leather on the eyestay, and a textured, paint-splatter effect on the upper’s trademark three stripes. Only the white stripes, collar trim, and tongue markings break up the shoes all blue exterior.