Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 73
Rated 3 out of 5 by Tomcat Disappointment
Since they first came out in the 70s, I've owned about 12 dozen pairs of Rod Laver tennis shoes. I was excited to see them come back recently, but I'm not happy with the new model so far (rec'd a couple days ago). There's a flaw in the white stitching above the toe that I'll probably notice every time I put them on, and the shoes weigh considerably more than the old ones (I checked because I still have the old ones). I would return the new ones, but I destroyed the shipping box and I don't want to bother w/ repackaging them. If I bought them locally, I'd return them, but so be it. C'est la guerre living life online.
April 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by rlfan Great shoe now not so much.
I bought a pair of Rods last year. They were the best things I ever put on my feet. This years purchase...not so much. As other reviews have noted, they are heavier. Another thing is the arch support I really enjoyed in my first pair wasn't their. I took them back to the local outlet store for a refund.
Adidas, please change them back and I'll forget it ever happened. If for no other reason than to do honor to the man after which the shoe was named. He changed the game!
May 11, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Matador10 Way Heavy
I bought a pair of these today at the Adidas store in Chicago. As soon as I lifted them out of the box I commented to my girlfriend that they felt real heavy.
I went ahead and bought them anyways because I liked the style and thought it could be a nice shoe for the summer. I have had the Stan Smith's before but never the Lavers.
After wearing them around the house for a few hours I am considering taking them back. Just way to heavy for the amount of walking I do. A pound on each foot is going to add up after walking a mile or two.
Shoes run large. I usually wear a 11 but had to go with the 10.
April 12, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by laver review heaviness = weird & bad for footbag
too heavy = these feel uncomfortable and weird to put on and wear. Bought lavers for years for footbag. Super excited when I saw more on the market. Super disappointed when I got my new pair. They are not like the lavers of old. I saw something on the comment part of the adidas site (re: "too heavy" comments) about different soles - that may be an explanation, but it doesn't change the fact that these pretty much are not lavers. First (initially), lavers were awesome; second, something changed, lavers still fit well, but broke down immediately (e.g., sole splits on the ball of foot); now, third, these "lavers" are too heavy and probably will still split (I won't be wearing them enough to know)
April 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bring the old Rod back Newer is not better
The new soles created for this new model do not work at all. As almost everyone else has noted already, the shoe is way too heavy.
Adidas claims it is for better grip but weight and grip have nothing to do with each other (boat shoes have grip and yet are extremely light).
In addition to the sole problem, the appearance of model is not quite the same: more bulky, more elongated. No improvement compared to the older style.
My advice to Adidas: Do to the Rod Laver what you did to the Stan Smith. Bring back the original spirit and return to the roots of what made this shoe a beloved classic for thousands of people.
January 24, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by AnthonyB Rod Laver Returns to the Trash
I have been wearing rod lavers mesh for 40 years. I usually buy one every year as I wear them a lot and the sole breaks . But...I expect that and continue to buy them. $40-$60 a year.
Down to my last 2 originals and needed to buy this new release.
Yikes. uncomfortable. Sole is not gummy. Sole feels like plastic and very slippery on any wet surface. Heavy too. And completely stiff.
Donated them as I could not return them.
If I would have known they were going to be discontinued ..I would have bought hundreds..especially when they went 1/2 price 3 years ago. ARGH!!!!
May 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by J13W Old version better. New version terrible.
The original Rod Lavers, which these are not, were my favorite shoes - ever. I have worn them for over ten years now, and been through I don't know how many pairs. I wear them every day. While originally excited that Adidas released the shoe again, I was disappointed to see that it's changed. The mesh shell is different and lower quality. The tongue of the shoe is different and flimsy. The sole has absolutely no support at all, now that they've changed the materials. And it is HEAVY - SO SO SO SO heavy. I cannot even fathom why any modern shoe company would knowingly manufacture a shoe so heavy. It's terrible. I hope Adidas will fix it. I know I'm not alone in my fandom of the original Rod Laver, and I'm certainly not alone in my disappointment.
April 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by JPeterS I Miss the OLD Rod Lavers ......
This is perhaps the worse reiteration of the classic Rod Laver sneaker. I’ve been wearing this style for over 20 years and am super disappointed with the new models, especially since I’ve been waiting over a year for them to restock.
If you’re mainly interested in the external look of the sneaker then you will be partially satisfied, because from the outside they look very similar (if not exact) to the old Rod Lavers. But the utility and feel of the shoe have been ruined. Most notably, the sole of the sneaker feels like a 100lb slab of concrete. I’m used to the Rod Laver having a lighter, more flexible ease in the sole. I could never imagine playing tennis, or doing anything athletic in these new sneakers.
I LOVE this style of sneaker and am hugely disappointed by Adidas.
April 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by ssg You ruined them.
Why did you have to go and change the Rod Laver? There was nothing wrong with it. Did anyone ever ask for 'improved traction and grip'? Never mind the other changes like the material and laces.
These are supposed to be a lightweight shoe, perfect for summer but the new outsole makes them WAY too heavy and clunky.
Wrong move adidas, wrong move.
You will be getting these two pairs back ASAP.
May 5, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by gwatts 500+ gram shoe
I've owned these shoes since the 90s, they are my favorite shoes outside of the Gazelle and Samba.
The upper seems to have changed for the better since the last pair I bought in 2011, but these latest are super heavy - heavier than my all leather version.
Another pair bought in 2012 just fell apart - upper was super stiff, plastic-y sole and the painted sole just flaked everywhere.
Somewhere around 2008 was the last great pair I bought. These two pair are going to be returned.
April 3, 2014