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Adidas Forest Hills: tennis shoe named after the US Open venue (1979)

The Adidas Forest Hills is a tennis shoe that was released in 1979; the shoe is periodically released for sale as part of the heritage range of Adidas footwear. The shoe is named in honour of the West Side Tennis Club: a private tennis club that includes the Forest Hills Stadium and has hosted the United States Open Tennis Championships sixty times; the US Open is one of four annual major tennis championships. The West Side Tennis Club is located in the affluent neighborhood of Forest Hills, a neighborhood located in the borough of Queens, New York City.

The West Side Tennis Club used grass courts for the majority of the US Open's it hosted, but switched to clay courts for the final three championships it held. However, due to the popularity of tennis in the late 1970's - because of American players like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe - the West Side Tennis Club was not deemed large enough or modern enough to continue hosting the United States Open Tennis Championships. In 1978, the United States Open Tennis Championships moved to the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City.

Tennis shoe with a yellow rubber midsole. The rear of the forest hills shoe, in a white leather upper. Forest Hills shoe with a white leather upper and a red midsole.

Adidas released the Adidas Forest Hills in 1979 - a year after the championships moved from Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows - to honour the old home of the championships. The Adidas Forest Hills was originally released with a white perforated leather upper, gold leather stripes / heel patch, and has an iconic lemon yellow midsole; although the shoe has been released in less gaudy colourway. Modern versions of the Forest Hills are released with a neoprene inner lining: which allows the foot to breath and lowers sweating. Apart from the iconic gold / lemon yellow colourway, the Forest Hills is a fairly basic Adidas sneaker, with moderate cushioning and sideways support. However, the midsole is chunky, has an additionall overlay for the toes, and does protect the leather upper from scuffs and scratches.