tennis makeovers: rod laver, stan smith, ilie nastase, etc.

We’re very excited about adidas Original‘s Spring/Summer 2008 line, a diverse collection which includes the eco-friendly adidas Grun; Handbags for Feet, a footwear and apparel collection inspired by handbags (I want the Fendi Spy Bag as a shoe!); Original Games, the Beijing-focused Olympics line; Sounds of the City, a collaboration with the music industry; and another round from Missy Elliott‘s Respect M.E.

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And of course there’s the Tournament Edition, a line of tennis-inspired sneakers. A gold version of the company’s trefoil logo appears on the tongues of all five shoes, while the signature three stripes show up in green and gold. Classic. (Buy: In a few months, they’ll be available here.)

Photos after the cut…

on reeboks, stan smiths, and ted bakers

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Yep, more shoes

Let’s not forget: The Countrywide Classic honored legend (and three-time winner) Stan Smith with an award after Saturday’s semi between James Blake and Hyung-Taik Lee. Too bad no one stayed around for the ceremony. The stands were practically empty, ESPN2 had packed up their cameras, and commentators Patrick McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale were nowhere to be seen. It would have been smarter to hand him the award before the start of the Blake match. (Or, to have the announcer say, “we’re handing an award to Stan Smith” instead of a cryptic and sales-y “stick around for a very special ceremony”.) Is this any way to treat a legend with an adidas shoe named after him?

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Flashback — the Alife Pump: Cool Hunting and Hypebeast were all over the release of the special Reebok/Alife collaboration called The Ball Out that tennis-ized one of their classic styles (all it takes is green felt). The limited edition of 48 pairs sold in February 2006.

Been there, done that: Which isn’t to be confused with Airwalk‘s attempt at the same style back in 1995.

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Addicted to grass: Forget Paul Smith for a sec and turn your attention to Ted Baker, who came out with a Wimbledon-inspired shoe, the Grip Basket, complete with tennis balls detail (sole) and grass print (!) on the insole. (via Down the Line!)