In honor of the Men’s Finals at Wimbledon, we pay tribute to one of the all-time greatest tennis players, Australian Rod Laver. Laver played during a time period of the game where there was a lot of change occurring. During this transitional time in tennis, Laver actually played tournaments as both an amateur as well as professional player. He still holds the record for being the only tennis player to achieve the natural Grand Slam in 1969, meaning he won all 4 Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year. Compiling 11 total Grand Slam titles, Wimbledon fit his serve-and-volley game the best, as he won 4 titles at Wimbledon. To put this into perspective, today, either Novak Djokovic will win his first Wimbledon title or Rafeal Nadal will win his third.
Soon after the natural Grand Slam accomplishment, adidas felt it was time for the star to receive his own shoe, and the adidas Rod Laver tennis shoe was introduced in 1970. The Rod Laver featured a White and Green combination, colors often seen at Wimbledon. Minimal branding, coupled to a smooth look matched the personality of the legend well. Originally made up in mesh and leather, the shoe has had many incarnations over the years especially in 1990. Although Stan Smith received his signature shoe before Laver did, Rod Laver will always live in Wimbledon lore.
Here are some other colors of the Rod Laver on Sneakerpedia.