Na-Kel Smith is a man of many talents, and for his latest venture he’s reworked adidas‘s Rivalry Hi, a towering basketball sneaker from the ’80s that now serves as a lifestyle silhouette. As a member of the adidas Skateboarding team, Smith is no stranger to collaborative footwear — he’s taken on everything from the Nizza Hi & Low to the 3ST.003 in the past — but this marks his first foray into the world of strictly casual sneakers.
A style sizable and sturdy enough that it was once worn by the great Patrick Ewing during his tenure with the New York Knicks, the Rivalry Hi offers plenty of space for bold accents, and Smith brings them in droves without compromising the classic look. Uppers mix black leathers and suedes for a departure from the Rivalry’s standard all-leather construction. This monochromatic dual-material base is embellished with plenty of gold, which appears on the laces and tongue’s border, is used as trim around the midfoot’s Three Stripe graphic and is stamped into the heel by way of a Trefoil logo. Dark forest green is also present, thanks to the ridged shank around the collar.
All these accents are brought together by the tongue badge, which melds green and gold while swapping out its standard “Rivalry” graphic for a “Na-Kel” hit. A black rubber midsole and outsole with more pops of gold wrap things up.
The Na-Kel Smith x adidas Originals Rivalry Hi is available now on the adidas webstore, with an MSRPR of $110 USD.
adidas has been busy on the innovation front as of late too, releasing a new 4D Run 1.0 silhouette — the lowest-priced shoe that boasts 4D technology to date.