With the new basketball season upon us, there has been a lot of shifting going lately, as some of the more notable names in the NBA—guys like Stephen Curry and Joakim Noah—have embraced change by signing on with new footwear sponsors. As of last week, the Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo, who signed an 8-year endorsement deal with Chinese brand Anta, also falls into that category. And while Curry and Noah have yet to be blessed with a signature shoe from their respective endorsers, Anta has already rolled out a signature model for Rondo, appropriately dubbed the Rondo 1.
To follow up our initial preview of the Anta Rondo 1, today we get a more detailed look into Rondo’s namesake signature (at least from a visual standpoint). While the technical specifications of the Rondo 1 have yet to be announced, from the looks of it, the shoe is loaded with some unique features, including an asymmetrical lacing system and a mid-top profile.
The shoe features a synthetic construction for support and durability, with mesh panels in key areas to allow it to flex and breathe during game time. Perforations along the forefoot and sidewalls add yet another layer of ventilation, while the shoe’s mid-top silhouette should go a long ways in making sure Rondo has ample foot support on the hardwood. The Rondo 1 also seems to have a herringbone pattern outsole—a common outsole design in the basketball footwear market.
Stay tuned for the latest release information on the Anta Rondo 1.