adidas is well-known for creation and innovation, so it makes sense that they would pay homage to one of the greatest pioneers in the sports world with the Arthur Ashe Tribute Collection. The first release of the collection includes limited-edition versions of the Harden Vol. 1 and Dame 3.
The shoes honor Ashe’s legendary career and personal accomplishments with scholastic legacy webbing, a multi-color pattern along the sockliner and collar, and additional silhouette details that are subtle nods to the honorary degrees he received from more than 20 universities.
An “AA” graphic printed on the left sockliner stands for Arthur Ashe’s initials, but also for AIDS Awareness and Anti-Apartheid, while the “1975” graphic pays tribute to Ashe’s Wimbledon victory and No. 1 ranking.
Arthur Ashe was a trailblazer in the tennis world, becoming the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam title. Aside from breaking barriers in the sports world, Ashe was also well known for using his popularity to bring attention to civil rights issues in the United States and human rights issues overseas.
His legacy lives on through the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which is given out every year at the ESPYs. The award recognizes individuals who transcend sports through their courageous acts off the court. Past winners of the award include Jim Valvano, Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, and Nelson Mandela.
The Harden Vol. 1 ($139.99) and Dame 3 ($114.99) editions of the Arthur Ashe Tribute Collection drop on January 23. The shoes will be worn on-court by Harden and Lillard for select games throughout Black History Month.
Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:
JORDAN RETRO 13 ‘BLACK CAT’ – JANUARY 21 AT 10 AM ET
The Retro 13 ‘Black Cat’ takes the iconic silhouette of the AJ 13 and combines it with Black Panther inspiration for a sleek, stylish look that Jordan fans will go crazy for. The shoe features a full black upper with 3M reflective detailing. The ‘Black Cat’ look is completed with paw prints on the outsole and the hologram, as well as a black rubber outsole and a black cat logo on the insole. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99.
NIKE KOBE A.D. – JANUARY 20 AT 10 AM ET
The Kobe A.D. lets you feel the court the way Kobe intended with low-profile, responsive cushioning and dynamic comfort. The Kobe A.D. marks the end of Kobe’s playing days, but his influence is still strong throughout the league. Kobe changed the game forever, and the Kobe A.D. is perfect for today’s players who have learned so much from the Black Mamba. Men’s $159.99.
REEBOK SHAQ ATTAQ – JANUARY 20 AT 10 AM ET
Reebok will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Shaq Attaq by re-releasing the classic sneaker. The iconic 1992 shoe was made famous by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal during his rookie season in Orlando. The shoe stays true to its original look, which remains one of Reebok’s most beloved. Men’s $159.99.
ADIDAS ARTHUR ASHE TRIBUTE COLLECTION – JANUARY 23 AT 10 AM ET
adidas pays homage to a true pioneer and tennis icon with the Arthur Ashe Tribute Collection. The Harden Vol. 1 and Dame 3 are both included in the collection, featuring nods toward Ashe’s career and philanthropy. The sneakers will be worn on-court by Harden and Lillard for select games during Black History Month. Harden Vol. 1 $139.99, Dame 3 $114.99.
UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 3 – JANUARY 21 AT 10 AM ET
Stephen Curry has changed the game, and now his shoe is a gamechanger, too. His new shoe is as innovative as his game with dynamic Threadborne technology that delivers the ideal mix of support and breathability. Simply put, this shoe is made for MVPs. Men’s $139.99, Grade School $114.99.