The Rod Lavers

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends the Rob D. has left the question on the blog of the Manolo.

Forgive me for being off topic, Manolo, but what do you think of the new single color Rod Lavers that have come out recently? Do you think the black one would be acceptable as the dark colored tennis shoe? Do you like the all white Rod Lavers, or should I still buy the ones with a little color in them?

As the Rob D. may know the Manolo he is the dedicated and long time fan of the Adidas Rod Lavers. (In the fact, the only people who love the Rod Lavers more than the Manolo are the players of the hacky sack.)

For the Manolo his favorite version it has always been the leather with the navy blue trim.
Rod Laver Classic Leather   Manolo Wears!
Sadly, this classic shoe it is no longer available.

Instead, recently the Manolo was forced to purchase the nylon mesh version in the white with the orange and green trim.
Rod Laver Originals   Manolo Likes!
Much to the Manolo’s dismay the mesh it quickly becomes dirty, and as one would imagine this does not please the Manolo, who as the creature of cleanliness and habit wishes he could have another pair of the easily-cleaned, leather Rod Lavers.

Worse, now, the mere months after the Manolo he has purchased his latest, and unsatisfactory pair of the Rod Lavers, Adidas introduces many different versions of the Rod Lavers.

Rod Laver High Tops
Rod Laver Black
Rod Laver Stitch
Rod Lavers Bone/True Blue

Look! Rod Lavers in the black, and in the high tops, and in the “stitch”, and in the “bone with the true blue” but no simple leather with the navy trim.

So in the answer to the Rob D., the Manolo does not like the black, nor does he like any of the shoes with the nylon mesh top. What the Manolo prefers most of the all he can no longer obtain.

Finally, when the Manolo he wishes to wear the dark sneakers he favors the Puma Clydes, another of the sneaks of the old school which are virtually unobtainable in the versions the Manolo prefers.


16 Responses to “The Rod Lavers”

  1. Rob D. Says:

    Thank you for the reply Manolo. While I couldn’t find the leather Rod Lavers with the blue trim, I did find the nylon mesh in the same color. I myself prefer these over any other color. Wearing Green and orange would make me feel like an asian college student, and that certainly does not fit my personality. I agree that the different variations are a little ridiculous, but I think the all white lavers are handsome enough not to be confused with my brother’s favorite Stan Smiths

  2. Cassandra Says:

    I found the leather rod lavers with either navy or green trim at They are indeed a most fabulous sneaker!

  3. Nannah Says:

    Well do I know the sadness that comes with the aging Lavers. My brother is such a man who does not take good care of the shoes. Thus the Lavers were made to look like so much janitorial wear.

    I would go so far as to say that the Stan Smiths, with their elegant simplicity and the crisp contrast between the green and the white, is very pleasing to the discerning eye.

  4. Sasha Says:

    As a true 80s girl at heart, I was so pleased to see the return of Tretorns to the US market after a brief hiatus. But they are $64 now – for canvas sneakers! Distressing but ultimately worth it. The best running-around-without-socks shoes out there.

  5. Rick T. Says:

    I worked in a sporting goods store back in the early Seventies and had the opportunity to purchase a pair of both the gold and the green suede at next to nothing. Very stylish, especially with the old school tube socks with complementary colored stripes at the top (worn with a second, lower cut pair). Not nearly as comfortable on the court as the classic white with black stripes Adidas, though.

    What is with the Laver high-tops? Laver was a TENNIS player.

  6. PL Says:

    I agree with the Nannah above — are not the Stan Smiths an acceptable substitute for the Rod Lavers? May I also suggest the K-Swiss, still widely available in all white leather?

  7. Shoebecca Says:

    I am so excited about the return of the Puma Clyde!! It would be super fantastic if The Manolo could update us in October when the new colours come out!!

  8. The Charlotte Allen Says:

    Correction: I meant Rod Lavers, not Chucks, with the mesh.

  9. Rob D. Says:

    It seems that the Puma Clydes that are coming back are only a limited edition thing. I think a fairly suitable substitute is the Puma Majesty Lows.

  10. Nicholas Says:

    does any one know where I can buy the black Rod Laver tennis shoes at the top.
    Pls email me at [email protected]

  11. DC1974 Says:


    The eventual dirtiness of the Lavers is their appeal. Like an old pair of Chucks. This especially looks good with a pair of worn jeans.

    PF Flyers, though, are still my forgotten favorite. In part because they are a little harder to find in the stores and really Chucks were just a down market copy of the Flyers anyway.

  12. Big Ron Says:


  13. Philip Green Says:

    I looked far and wide for leather Rod Laver’s. The mesh ones get dirty way too fast. I’ve looked in every sneaker store in Manhattan and Queens. The all black ones don’t fit right, somethign about the way they treat the leather. Rod Laver’s in leather are the greatest shoe in the world, I may have to buy 5 pairs right now, just to be safe.

  14. Brendan Says:

    Where can I find the all black suede/leather/mesh combo. I have a pair now that are on their last leg, but I can’t find them anywhere else and they are my favorite shoe of all time. PLEASE HELP!

  15. set Says:

    another “greatest shoe in the world vote” from me for the laver leather.the mesh do get dirty fast and are hard to impossible to clean and just dnt have the look or the feel.shouldve bought five pair in 2003 when i had the feeling i wouldnt be able to find them again.

  16. Laver Lover Says:

    Man! I wish I could find another pair of the white Rod Lavers with the orange and green trim. I loved those shoes. I can’t find them anywhere. Know of any place?

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