adidas Originals went way into the company archives to pull out a special model for this year’s NBA All-Star Game. Paying homage to hoops legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Stripes will be releasing ‘The Blueprint’ Jabbar Hi.
First seen in 1971, the sneakers released as a signature model for Abdul-Jabbar, the six-time World Champion and six-time NBA MVP. Although these never really caught on with the mainstream, they’ve always held a certain nostalgia not only because of the player whose name they bear but also because they’re rarely seen. Unicorn-status. That means true collectors pay top dollar to get their hands on them.
With the re-release, designers worked under the construct of Kareem being “The Blueprint” to the game by using real Tyvek® blueprint paper which includes white contrast stitching, laces, and printed graphics. Taking it another step, adidas Originals asked a select number of current players, including Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, and John Wall among others, about what Kareem meant to them and the game of basketball. Each player interviewed is printed on the right footbed, while their responses were printed on the left. One particular response included the message that Kareem was “The Blueprint,” thus a nickname was born. The only parts of the equation missing to make these kicks the illest would be Kareem’s signature goggles and a pair of knee-length socks.
‘The Blueprint’ Jabar Hi drops Friday, February 14 at select adidas Originals retailers and online at adidas.com for a cool $100. For additional info – including more backstory on why Kareem’s ‘The Blueprint’ – check out adidas.com/us/kareem.