The adidas AR Trainer Revives All That Original 3 Stripes 80s Tennis Style
Not many retro trainer styles can claim the 3 stripes tennis heritage and DNA like the adidas AR does.
Rewind back to the late 80s for a moment. Tennis legends like Björn Borg had retired some years earlier and John McEnroe had been taking some time out of the sport with his dominance and titles in the game starting to decline. Players like Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Pat Cash, Stefan Edberg and Ivan Lendl were now dominating the Grand Slams and finals, with the racket sport taking a new technical direction as another decade drew nearer.
Above: AR archive design inspiration. An original adidas tennis catalogue from 1987 featuring the Lendl Advantage and ATP 3000.
As the game became faster and more physical, the players demanded a lot more from their footwear and kit, with multi surface sole function becoming a key trait of trainers from the era. The game had changed a lot since the 60s and 70s with the dominance of the Stan Smith, a style which just didn’t cut it anymore in the modern game. The late 80s and early 90s saw a new breed of trainer designs and sole technology come into fruition with the birth of Air Max for example from Nike and legendary lines such as the Equipment series from adidas. Although the adidas AR trainer has no “official” connection to the original Equipment series from 1991, it’s clear where the Equipment Series DNA really started and that was from the world of 80s sports, fitness and running shoes.
Above: Retro kerb appeal, the adidas AR trainer in cloud white/ice mint now available at 80s Casual Classics.
Following the legacy of silhouettes like the Stan Smith, the Grand Slam and the Forest Hills, adidas introduced updated tennis styles for the ultimate on court performance. From the mid 80s onward, adidas became the kings of tennis endorsement trainers dropping numerous world renowned styles such as the adidas ATP 3000 (1987), the adidas Edberg (1986) the adidas Lendl Supreme (1987) and the adidas ASC 100 (1988). Thanks to the previous Fila/Borg and Tacchini/McEnroe casual sportswear connection, the adidas tennis styles of the mid to late 80s were also popular styles off the courts to a new generation of casual trainer enthusiasts. It’s styles like these that would give birth to the next generation of sports and fitness silhouettes, with the recently launched adidas AR trainer looking back to original late 80s archive tennis styles for design inspiration.
Above: The adidas AR trainer in white/burgundy/navy available now from 80s Casual Classics.
The AR takes clear design inspiration from original 80s tennis styles like the adidas ATP 3000, the ASC 100 and the adidas Lendl Supreme capturing all that magical 80s tennis equipment style in an old meets new kind of way. All you need is a head band, a polo shirt fitted with 80s tennis graphics and some sweatbands and you could quite easily be on centre court back in the late 80s!
Above: The adidas AR trainer in cloud white/ice mint available now from 80s Casual Classics.
The retro 3 stripes court style features a mixture of premium leather and suede uppers, a lightweight EVA midsole, trefoil branding and 80s inspired performance tennis colourways. The multipurpose training sole and trefoil branding gives a nod to archive styles and the changing trainer times of the late 80s. Available colourways include white/burgundy/navy and cloud white/ice mint adding that ultimate retro style to your 3 stripes trainer collection.