Our verdict


This redesigned version of the classic Adidas Samba meets the standards for comfort, board control, and grip that skateboarders need in a modern age. Featuring a TPU heel clip, the sneaker has added support, allowing skaters to do jump tricks while keeping their feet securely locked down.


  • Timeless and stylish design
  • High-quality materials
  • Sturdy rubber outsole
  • Secured medial and arch fit
  • Pointy shape
  • Excellent board feel
  • Effective impact absorption
  • Excellent stability
  • Affordable


  • Poor ventilation
  • Not durable toecap
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Who should buy the Adidas Samba ADV

With an updated design that allows skaters to hit tricks while being stylish, the Adidas Samba ADV is a great choice for you if you:

  • Love the sporty and stylish design of the shoe
  • Prefer the thick cushioning in the heel than in the toe to the medial sole
  • Like its thin tongue that's made with mesh for breathability
  • Love skateboarding and need a shoe that offers a better board feel than cushioning

Adidas Samba ADV heel

A sneaker for both on and off the skateboard

With a combination of premium suede and leather on its upper construction, the Adidas Samba ADV delivers a clean, stylish look that allows it to be not just a skateboarding shoe but also a casual sneaker.

Adidas Samba ADV upper

Different kinds of people are sporting this pair of low-top kicks every day for various occasions. It goes well with jeans, shorts, joggers, as well as skirts and dresses for women.

A skating savant

The Adidas Samba ADV features the classic tan gumsole which is vulcanized, leading to a consistent delivery of good ground grip. It also has a slimmer and pointed profile that has turned out to be very helpful when doing flip tricks.

Adidas Samba ADV gumsole

In addition to the Samba ADV's striking characteristics is its thin and extra-long tongue. This design allows the tongue to be folded and inserted into the laces, bringing additional protection for the midfoot.

Adidas Samba ADV tongue

Where did the Adidas Samba ADV come from

Initially launched in the 1950s, the Adidas Samba served soccer fans for their cold-weather games. With its initial design, its sole was able to grip on the icy ground better. This silhouette was the brand's second highest-selling just right next to the Stan Smith.

Adidas Samba ADV front

Sixty-five years later, the Adidas Samba ADV was born, and this silhouette now became a hit for skateboarders. This skateboarding-centric piece features the iconic 3-Stripes as a nod to its soccer heritage, skateboarding functionality, and as a touch of modern style.

Adidas Samba ADV three stripes