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  • adidas *Canvas Hoops* Pack: Classics reworked

    adidas *Canvas Hoops* Pack: Classics reworked

    Just in time for spring comes adidas comes around the corner with a vintage pack in a class of its own. This pack includes the reissue of three classics that are deeply rooted in adidas ' bastketball history: the adidas Americana (Hi & Low) and the adidas Rivalry.

    adidas Americana 2020

    The adidas Americana is undoubtedly one of the most famous b-ball silhouettes from the archives of the brand with the three stripes. First released in the 1970s, the adidas Americana quickly became a staple within the American Basketball Association, which later transitioned to the NBA, and also found many fans outside of professional sports as a casual shoe. In doing so, the silhouette traditionally picks up the colors of the ABA's logo as well, making the OG basketball look perfect.

    Reissued many times in its nearly 50 years on the market, the adidas Americana gets a completely new look this year. The world-famous Three Stripes that adorned the previous models on the side are definitely history on the new adidas Americana. The 2020 reissue appears in a much more minimalist design, making the silhouette seem more contemporary. Instead of the Three Stripes that used to feature prominently on the side panel, the model's name is written there in the familiar Times New Roman font.

    This year, the Americana is released as both a low and a high version, which should appeal to a particularly wide range of sneaker fans. We especially like the many small details. The low version comes with a red stripe on the side panel, matching the red tone of the old ABA logo. The Hi variant, on the other hand, gets a blue stripe, also matching the classic ABA logo from the 70s and 80s. The upper of the new 2020 Americana is made almost entirely of extra light and airy canvas and is complemented by a mudguard made of buttery soft suede. The classic "Americana" logo has also received a redesign and has been adapted somewhat. The reduced design is completed by an outsole in subtle cream-white.

    adidas Rivalry 2020

    The basketball heritage pack is completed by a likewise relaunched adidas Rivalry. This reinterpretation of a vintage style from the '80s appears as a low variant and is based on the original logo of the American Basketball Association in terms of color as well as the Americana. The Rivalry also does without the Three Stripes in favor of the lettering with the name of the silhouette. The entire upper is made of pure canvas and is complemented by a cream-colored mudguard and a red bridge on the toebox.

    Personally, we particularly like the reinterpretation of the Americana. adidas has perfectly adapted the classic of yesteryear to the year 2020, without neglecting the DNA and the heritage spirit of the silhouette. But adidas has also done everything right here with the Rivalry. The new edition impresses with a particularly minimalist upper and makes the shoe appear much cleaner overall. Here you can see once again that a look into the adidas archives is always worthwhile. The entire pack looks very coherent, well thought out and absolutely contemporary. Thumbs up!