Who should buy the Adidas Samba

  • Budget shoe hunters looking for another pair to include in their collection
  • Users looking for an all-rounder kick with reliable durability
  • Buyers searching for a fashionable sneaker that can keep their feet dry even under light rain showers. 
  • Sneaker fans who enjoy vintage style

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Who should NOT buy it

  • If footwear that constantly creates screeching sound irritates you, the Adidas Samba should not be on your feet. Its rubber outsole and leather upper produce a sound that can be irritating to some. 
  • Its narrow construction may offer minimal toe room, which is not favorable for users with wide feet. Check out our wide sneakers collection for your alternative options. 

Adidas Samba Toebox of black Samba

The incarnation of Adidas Samba

When the Dassler brothers developed a gap within their relationship, their unharmonious split led to the conception of two sportswear powerhouses known today. Rudolf went on to establish a new firm initially called Ruda while Adi created Adidas in 1949. A few years later, the Adidas Samba was incarnated and created to survive the vigorous game of soccer while keeping the players’ feet dry and protected from the icy, hard ground during winter.

Adidas Samba Collar of black Samba

This shoe was outfitted with a kangaroo leather upper for comfort and a gum rubber outsole for traction. It also flaunted the famous 3-stripes that provided lateral support.

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Adidas Samba: Simple. Adaptable. Timeless.

An affordable pair of sneakers, the Adidas Samba offers an appealing style that many Adidas fanatics have loved for many years. It was somewhat a masterpiece ingeniously mastering the art of versatility and all-around function. 

Adidas Samba Laces of black Samba

The Adidas Samba took many forms and style which adapts to the contemporary trends the human mind can muster. May it be for work of some sort or just for casual frolicking around, the Samba stood still as an iconic sneaker that persuades humankind of its relevance in the footwear pantheon rather than the other way around. 

Adidas Samba Heel area of black Samba

From soccer to the streets

Soon after, this athletic footwear transformed into a casual shoe loved by the popular culture, including sought-after icons and celebrities. The silhouette served as a symbol of streetwear flair and sleek style, which was adored by casual Earth settlers and by people with a following. It is safe to say that the Samba's stature as footwear is as reliable as the Rock of Gibraltar when it comes to sneakerhead fandom.

 Adidas Samba stripes

The Samba's impressive lineage

Quick to meet the needs and demands of their new target market, the brand revamped and altered this model in various materials and colorways while precisely maintaining the shoe's original look. To date, this Samba supports its iconic status. 

Adidas Samba side view of t-toe overlay of black samba

Over 35 million pairs of this shoe have been sold worldwide, making it the 2nd most popular model among Adidas' shoes. Not only that, the sneaker, having been around for more than 65 years, is also the oldest classic model that is still in production.

Adidas Samba lateral back view of Three Stripes

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Soccer
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Samba
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer

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