The Rivalry Lo is one of the most revered basketball silhouettes from the Adidas archives. A shoe that defined the Adidas aesthetic of the late 80′s with signature touches such as the thick stitched midsole and perforated toebox, all complemented by the ever-present trefoil branding.
Adidas Consortium have revisited this classic shoe, giving the popular ‘Lo’ model a premium reworking in its two famous, signature colourways. The OG version – a cult classic on the streets of NYC – was a tribute to the New York Knicks; made in white leather, accented with royal blue and orange flashes. This was soon followed by a second ‘rival’ colourway which came in the ‘away’ uniform colours of the Chicago Bulls. As the name suggests, the original concept behind shoes was to play on the fierce rivalry between the Knicks and the Bulls, adding fuel to the fire, especially amongst the sneakerheads of both cities.
This 2012 release adds a typically subtle Consortium touch to the shoe, with premium leather replacing the original vinyl on the tongue, and the trefoil swapped for a Consortium loop tag at the top. The rest of the design stays true to the original, expertly maintaining the essence of the original 1986 design.