Vintage adidas legend Franz Beckenbauer was the leader of the West Germany team that won the World Cup in 1974 wearing a classic pair of adidas football boots. He then went on to coach his noational team to World Cup success in 1990.
Stan Smith was the world No 1 tennis player at the time adidas created the first adidas leather tennis shoe. The shoe was named after Stan and became the most popular choice of tennis shoe. The Stan Smith shoes is now a vintage adidas classic and has been reborn for the modern high street.
The adidas “Superstar” basketball shoe was endorsed by vintage adidas legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Kareem is most notably remembered for his “sky hook” and he remains the all time leader of number of games played for the All-Stars.
In 1986, Run DMC helped adidas to position itself as a true urban fashion brand when they brought out the song “my adidas”. This identity with street style has ensured that vintage adidas remains as desirable now as it was in the 80s.
Daley Thompson wore vintage adidas athletic shoes on his way to winning his Olympic gold medals in 1980 and 1984. Daly is considered to be the greatest decathlete of all time and is a definite vintage adidas legend.
A list of vintage adidas legends would not be a list without the legend himself Muhammad Ali. adidas designed a 3 stripe boxing boot in 1970 for a championship fight against Oscar Bonavena, which Ali requested had red tassels.