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The 79-83 Top Ten was the first highly advanced sneaker: a revolution, in both comfort and technology. Many top players have worn the Top Tens, not only in the NBA but also in the most important European basket leagues; it was Ricky Barry who promoted them on the American market. The first models were made in West Germany, then their production was moved to France: the earlier editions are very rare, as very few models were produced in comparison to the early Eighties. After the legendary Adidas Jabbar and Pro Models, the Top Tens enjoyed an incredible success: the only other serious competitor in the field of b-ball sneakers in the States was Converse. Nike would have to wait until the Jordan era to take the lead in that slice of the market as well. The Top Ten was produced until 1984, only to be replaced by the Adidas Forum. It's been retroed in the early 2000s.

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