The Adidas Top Ten is a hi-top basketball sneaker that was used by leading NBA players from 1979-1983. The Adidas Top Ten is named "Top Ten" because it was worn and endorsed by the ten top professional basketball players in the NBA; of course, this claim was debatable amongst basketball fans. The tongue of the shoe prints this claim on it's label: "Endorsed by: Top Ten - Ten top Basketball pro's".
The original Adidas Top Ten was used in the NBA from 1979-1983, and was in continual production until 1984. One of the NBA stars who endorsed the sneaker was Richard Francis Dennis "Rick" Barry III: who played for the Houston Rockets in 1979. The Adidas Top Ten was a popular sneaker, and 'blew' the competition away in terms of comfort and performance. The Top Ten was replaced by the 'Adidas Forum' hi-top sneaker. The Adidas Top Ten has been re-released a number of times during the 2000's; the sneaker is now part of the Originals heritage range of sneakers and is purely marketed for casualwear. Images of the re-release version of the sneaker can be viewed above (white/green).
The upper of the Adidas Top Ten is made from full grain leather, and comes in a range of colourways; the traditional colourway for the Top Ten is: white / dark blue / red. The shoe features the classic three stripe design; however, the label of the re-released Top Ten has been redesigned. The shoe features perforated leather at the toe area and between the three stripes: the perforated leather is used to keep the foot cool and to combat sweat. The original Top Ten had a suede overlay for the toe guard - to protect against scuffs - but has been removed from the re-release; as the shoe is designed for casualwear. The rubber outsole has a herringbone pattern for grip.