If you grew up in the early ’90s, this year probably had you happier than, well, Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot. Especially, if you were a Denver Nuggets fan, where Dikembe Mutombo’s presence helped take the youngest team in the league from a basement-dweller to one of the most feared young teams in the NBA in a matter of just a couple of seasons.
For sneaker enthusiasts, Dikembe Mutombo was an even bigger deal than on the court. The adidas Mutombo represents an era of uniqueness that will never be seen again. There was never such detail put into a sneaker with specific intent on representing a player’s heritage. Mutombo’s African roots were the design inspiration for a sneaker that emodies the ’90s as much as Spike Lee, Malcom X snapbacks and Starter jackets.
Until recently, the adidas Mutombo had remained locked away in the adidas Originals vault, a legendary sneaker coveted by the old-timers and a mystery to up-and-coming sneaker enthusiasts. Tomorrow, the classic black and white colorway returns for the first time since 1993 with Congo-inspired detailing and ’90s style that is as fresh for 2014 as it was over two decades ago.