The Adidas Artillery was released in 1991, and was a mid-top / hi-top basketball sneaker. The images below show a mid-top version of the Adidas Artillery; the hi-top version has a leather upper that reaches a inch or two further up the ankle / lower leg. The Adidas Artillery was one of the first Adidas basketball sneakers to feature the TORSION® SYSTEM; the TORSION® SYSTEM was developed in the late 1980's and was orginally implemented into the Adidas ZX 8000. The TORSION® SYSTEM provides midfoot support and energy retention.
The Adidas Artillery features a full grain leather upper and a strip
of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for the eyelet. Likewise, the three
stripe design is made from Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU); most Adidas
sneakers use leather in the construction of the three stripes. The inner
lining of the shoe is made from a combination of textile and leather.
As has already been stated, the primary selling point of the Adidas Artillery
is that it features the TORSION® SYSTEM; the shoe is sometimes referred
to as the 'Adidas Torsion Artillery'. The rubber outsole of the shoe features
a pivot-point design: which provides additional grip when players make
sudden directional changes.
The Adidas Artillery was worn by professional basketball players in the NBA. Joe Dumars wore Adidas Artillery sneakers when he won the 1989 MVP title; Dumars played for the Detriot Pistons and was rated as the best defender in the NBA in the early 1990's by Michael Jordan. Grant Hill wore Adidas Artillery sneakers when he played for the Duke Blue Devils college basketball team in 1991. The Duke Blue Devils won their 2nd straight national championship in 1992, and the performances of the Grant Hill brought greater exposure to the Adidas Artillery sneaker.