Adidas’ Revives Its First Professional Basketball Sneaker With The Basket Profi

In 1969, Adidas released its first-ever professional basketball silhouette. Dubbed the Basket Profi, the vulcanized wonder would redefine athletic footwear for the German shoe brand. And, today, the shoe is recognized as one of the industry’s finest forerunners.

The Basket Profi was so adored that it was reintroduced by Adidas in 2012 as a special, limited-edition rerelease. After making waves within the sneaker community, the shoe once again retreated into the archives of the company’s historic sneakers — and now, it’s been brought back in two unique colorways. Sporting the outfit’s trademark gold-foil branding, a characteristically-perforated nose, and a durable rubber outsole, the Profi arrives in both black suede, or white leather, depending on your nostalgic tastes. Subtle striping complement’s the shoe’s sleek upper, while its high-top styling helps to define the sneaker’s cleanly-tailored appearance, paying homage to its retro progenitor. Head to Foot Locker’s website to pick up a pair of your own for $80.

Purchase: $80