The adidas archives are filled with hundreds of different trainers from the ’70s and ’80s with unique purposes. The strangest of these might be the Tischtennis, a ping-pong shoe that is back for a retro release in 2024.

adidas has created a lot of purpose-built shoes over their seventy-five year history. This year, they have revived one of their oddest creations, the Tischtennis from the 1970s. The shoe is a relic from the era of “ping-pong diplomacy”, through which the sport opened up relations between the United States and China after decades of fear of communism by the USA. The Tischtennis is not only unique in purpose, but in its look as well. The silhouette sits on top of an arched midsole, and features a loose-knit mesh upper with minimal suede overlays to old it together. The model is back in a simple white, green, and grey color scheme, with a gum sole for its initial return this year.


adidas new retro release of the 1970s Tischtennis has begun to pop up at overseas retailers like SneakersNStuff, though a global drop has not been announced yet. Dressed in white and green for its initial release, pairs will likely come with a price tag of $90. Check out the official images below for a better look at the niche trainer, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more sneaker release news.

adidas Tischtennis
Color: White/Green/Grey
Style Code: IE0874
Release Date Spring 2024
Price: $90