Though there has been significant focus thrust upon the Forum, there’s an equally important adidas basketball sneaker that’s been waiting in the wings. Despite seeing some action from Three Stripe young guns Trae Young and Donovan Mitchell early on in 2021, the adidas Top Ten has had a very quiet year. The releases we have had, though, have been top-tier, including this unexpected collaboration with ESPN; the adidas Top Ten Hi “SportsCenter”
Airing for well over four decades, ESPN’s SportsCenter has long been staple viewing for households across North America and abroad, keeping lovers of the game — whichever sport it may be — in the know with all the latest. In honor of its service to the sports community, adidas and ESPN have decided to go back to the beginning, dressing the retro hoops sneaker in a throwback theme that channels the original 1979 set:
Anchored in a very-70s snakeskin upper, its beige tint looks to the set’s surrounding walls, while jet blacks at the collar, midsole, and Three Stripe detail nods the set’s steps, desks, and more. ESPN’s retro orange and red stripe detail can be seen wrapping the collar, with the original logo resting above it at the rear. Co-branded tongue tags and insoles keep the retro theme rolling, as too does the special-edition boxing seen below. Finally, the pair is capped off with special-edition lace bling, including Trefoils, Three Stripes, ESPN, and Top Ten logos, as well as special dubraes that read 1979 — the year in which SportsCenter first aired.
A release date for the special-edition pair has not yet been set, but with the 42nd anniversary of the show approaching on September 7th, you can expect it to be in or around that date. Until more details emerge, grab an official look at the pair here below, and be sure to keep your eyes glued to our official Twitter account for further updatesUpdate 09.16.21 Retailers Finish Lineand JD Sports have confirmed a release of the ESPN x adidas Top Ten Hi “SportsCenter” for Sunday, October 10th. If you’re planning on picking up a pair on the day, make sure you head to our dedicated adidas Release Dates Calendar to set yourself a reminder for the drop.
ESPN x adidas Top Ten Hi “SportsCenter”
Release Date: October 10th, 2021
Style Code: GZ1072