The notion of basketball sneakers being worn for off the court purposes dates back as far as basketball sneakers themselves. Starting with models like the legendary Converse Chuck Taylor, sneakers intended for the hardwood have always found their way to the street as well, and each era since can claim at least a few iconic silhouettes that were the must-haves of their time.
Once the early days of canvas uppers gave way to the dawn of the leather basketball shoe, adidas was one of the first brands to step up and claim a piece of the pie. In 1965, the Three Stripes introduced their first ever basketball shoe, the Pro Model, which
immediately became a juggernaut for adidas, only to be trumped by the 1969 launch of the low-cut Superstar (Shelltoe) version.
Over a decade passed with those two models leading the charge for adidas and becoming the cream of the basketball sneaker crop in the eyes of consumers regardless of what they were using them for. After a good long run for both shoes, by the late ’70s it was time for something new and adidas raised the bar with the debut of the Top Ten in high and low versions, sporting a sleeker silhouette and some stand-out design features.