Verdict from 100+ user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Americana Hi has scored a near-perfect rating from over a hundred customers, who have regarded it as a must-have classic.
  • A pair of these sneakers is budget-friendly.
  • Many lifelong fans deem this reissue impeccable as it remains faithful to their beloved '70s Americanas and retains the spirit of their youth.
  • Its vintage ’70s hoops silhouette looks simply timeless, an absolute beauty, according to the majority of reviewers.
  • Most testers reckon it to be as astoundingly comfortable as it has always been.
  • It fits pleasantly and feels lightweight on feet, a handful of users have reported.
  • Various reviewers agree that the Americana Hi deserve to have the same level of prestige as the Stan Smith.
  • Some customers have gotten loads of compliments on just their first wear.
  • Quite a few users express that the Americana Hi has become an instant favorite.
  • Many fans are asking Adidas not to remove the Americana from their catalogs again.
  • Many users praise the high-quality materials used in this Americana Hi.
  • It runs true to size, based on general reviews.

1 reason not to buy

  • This model is only available in very limited color variations.

Bottom line

The Americana Hi first saw the light of the day over forty years ago, gracing the hardwood courts throughout the ’70s and’80s. Under the Originals umbrella, Adidas once again reissues this mythical hoops silhouette. Nearly all lifelong fans consider this reproduction better than 2008’s and 2013’s.

Remade for casual wear using updated materials, the Americana Hi still maintains its beloved style, comfort, and, above all, identity. Priced at $90, the Americana Hi is a legendary product from a legendary brand, worthy of being a staple shoe as well as a prized collector’s item.

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Good to know

The Adidas Americana Hi has a vintage high-top collar, puffy with padding to support and protect the ankles. It also uses on a traditional lace-up closure system (made of ten eyelets, a flat lace, and a padded tongue) to lock down the feet with custom fitting.

These Americana trainers are available in men’s sizing, which ranges from 4 to 14. Those women who plan on getting a pair should go down one and a half sizes their standard sizing. For example, a women’s 7 is 5.5 in men’s.         

Once a staple for serious hoopers, the Americana Hi now brings its game into the streets, letting out a powerful flash of nostalgia for the ’70s and ‘80s. Its vintage high-top silhouette is recreated to go with the casual streetwear style—laid-back or flashy.

Jeans, joggers, sweatpants, topped with hoodies or sweaters all come to mind when looking at these Americanas. All those clothing accentuate this shoe’s legendary silhouette. Lastly, these shoes come in a limited selection of colorways: the OG cloud white/collegiate royal/scarlet, cloud white/glow blue/easy yellow, and core black/collegiate royal/active gold. 

The Americana Hi’s upper is primarily made of micro-perforated textile material, with suede and leather overlays at the toe bumper, collar, vamp areas. Altogether, it delivers a soft, supple, breathable feel. Sitting atop a solid cupsole, this sneaker is more than durable enough to step into the court and hit the streets.   

In low and high-top versions, the Adidas Americana hit the hardwood floors in the ’70s and held its reign up to the ’80s. This model was a breakthrough in design during its time as it was among the earliest ones to have mesh/textile material, which made more lightweight and breathable sneakers. Such features are sought-after in a b-ball sneaker.

These Americanas, sporting the patriotic and historic red/white/blue colorway, became now-defunct ABA’s (American Basketball Association) unofficial sneaker. Now making a bigger return, the nearly forgotten silhouette looks as crisp and fresh as its first appearance in the early ’70s.

  • The tongue has a lace loop to keep it from slipping to either side.
  • Adidas branding is detailed in the tongue, sidewalls, and insole.
  • The outsole features a hard-wearing, grippy herringbone tread.


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