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Adidas Stefan Edberg: tennis shoe released in 1986

The Adidas Stefan Edberg is a tennis shoe that was released in 1986, and was endorsed by the former Swedish world number one professional tennis player Stefan Edberg. Stefen Edberg won his first grand slam title at the Australian Open in 1985; he was wearing Adidas footwear, but probably the Adidas Stan Smith or Adidas Lendl. It was his win at the Australian Open that persuaded Adidas to offer Edberg an improved endorsement deal and his 'own' shoe. It proved a smart move on Adidas' part: Edberg dominated single and double's tennis in the late 1980's: winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Edberg 86 shoe in a white, black and yellow colourway. The wordmark logo on the rear of the shoe Inside of the shoe, showing holes to cool the foot.

The Adidas Stefan Edberg is an attractive shoe that is colourful and vibrant; previous Adidas tennis shoe's adhered to the strict dress code of some grand slam tournaments. The traditional colourway for the Adidas Stefan Edberg is white leather, and two tonal stripes in green / gold; the shoe displayed in the above pictures is not in these colours. The colours of the traditional Adidas Stefan Edberg shoe represent the national colours of Australia, and honour Edberg's first grand slam win at the Australian Open in 1985.

The upper of the Adidas Stefan Edberg has been released in premium leather and premium suede; both materials are traditionally dyed white. The shoe's upper is perforated between the three stripes, tongue, and toe cap. The shoe has the traditional Adidas three stripe design - unlike other Adidas tennis shoes like the Rod Laver and Stan Smith - and the stripes are two-tonal. The midsole of the heel also has a painted strip of material. The midsole of the shoe has dual density to improve durability and cushioning. The outersole of the shoe is flat, and the eyelets are reinforced due to the general wear and tear of playing tennis.