The Adidas Pro Model was released in 1965, and is a hi-top basketball sneaker that features a rubber shell toe. The Pro Model did not originally feature a rubber shell toe: in 1969, the shoe's design was modified to include the shell toe, and a low-cut version of the shoe was also developed: named the Adidas Superstar. Present day, the Adidas Superstar is the more iconic and popular of the two shoes, but it was adapted from the Pro Model. The Pro Model was popular amongst professional basketball players in the late 1960's and early 1970's; it has been claimed that the Pro Model was the first leather sneaker used in the NBA. The rival to the Pro Model was Converse's Chuck Taylor All Star; the All Star lacked the durability, cushioning, foot and ankle support of the Pro Model.
The Adidas Pro Model features a premium leather upper, and of course, the classic rubber shell toe. The rubber shell toe was implemented to provide cushioning and toe protection for basketball players; who tend to jump more than players in other sports. The stripes and heel patch of the Pro Model are also made from leather, with perforated holes between the stripes to keep the foot cool. The outersole of the Pro Model has a wedge design, and has a herringbone pattern to improve grip on hard surface. The outersole is flat, which also improves grip on hard surfaces; aka basketball courts. The heel height is half an inch; which is enough to provide adequate cushioning for the heel and midfoot. Traditionally, the Pro Model is released with a leather upper, but, as the shoe is now sold for casualwear, it has been released with a canvas and suede upper. The traditional colourway for the Pro Model is white leather and black leather stripes.