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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • One user particularly loves the tongue’s throwback style. It made the shoe have a muted but stand out design because of the monochromatic color.
  • Several consumers highly adore the slick and minimal style of the Samba MC Leather.
  • A high number of reviewers appreciates how comfortable these sneakers are. One even noted that these are more comfortable than the original Sambas.
  • One tester loves these soccer-inspired sneakers because it permits him to jump on different sports without changing shoes.
  • According to one user, these fill the gap between a casual dressy sneaker and a purposeful indoor shoe. It has a non-traditional leather shoe design that can suit even more formal outfits.
  • One reviewer mentioned that these sneakers provide excellent traction.
  • A significant number of online users expressed appreciation on the colorway selection of the Samba MC Leather. It deviates from the usual trendy athletic shoe designs which sport flashy colors.
  • A few reviewers adored these shoes’ versatility. It can be paired with almost any outfit effortlessly.
  • These sneakers are worth the price, stated by one user.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number of online testers note that these sneakers have a narrow design.
  • The tongue of the Adidas Samba MC Leather is long that it causes chafing to several users.
  • The gum sole is less dense than the original Sambas, according to one user.

Bottom line

The Adidas Samba MC Leather is a revamped version of the 1950s classic Samba. Now coming in a more minimal design, these sneakers retained what is essential and stripped off certain branding accents like the signature Three Stripes. Nonetheless, some details were maintained like the low-top silhouette, gum sole, and leather upper. Overall, these sneakers are made to come in style and keep the feet comfortable all day.



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Adidas Samba MC Leather History

Introduced by Adidas in 1950, Samba initially caters soccer fans to help players perform better by keeping their feet dry and protected during winter games. The original design sported a gum sole to provide more traction and a kangaroo-leather upper for additional comfort. It also carried the Three Stripes, classic T-toe, and gold trefoil logo on the tongue.

Aside from being a performance sneaker, Samba captivated not just soccer players but sneakerheads as well because of its clean and classic design that is stylish on and off the field.

Due to its fast response to the market’s demands, Samba has been refashioned into different colorways using different materials but keeps the classic silhouette of the sneaker. Its popularity made it the second highest selling sneaker, after the infamous Stan Smiths. Moreover, standing still for 65 years makes it the truly a timeless sneaker that is still in production.

Despite the many colorway options available in the market today, the black and white colorway is claimed, although not proven, to be the most sought-after pair.

Adidas Samba MC Leather Style

Coming from a soccer shoe, the Adidas Leather MC is now refashioned into a more dressed up sneaker. Featuring a smooth leather upper and signature gum sole, these sneakers maintain its retro-look silhouette with minor style upgrades. Sporting a more minimal look from its original design, the Samba MC Leather skips some of its iconic elements like the Three Stripes logo on its sides.

These sneakers combine the style of a leather shoe and a sneaker. Because of this, it can quickly take any outfit from day to night and can compliment on and off court clothes. The Adidas MC Leather is available in three colorways- Scarlet, Black, and Charcoal.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Samba MC Leather is a men’s sneaker that is available in US sizes 4-15 D. There are options for half sizes as well for broader selection. These sneakers come in a traditional lace-up closure, which permits a customizable fit to the user. More so, it features a more extended and slightly padded tongue which adds to a more secure fit.

Notable Features

Samba has reached its heights as Adidas’ second highest selling sneakers to date. Indeed, this shoe has become legendary that it can be treated synonymously to the brand. Just like one of its variations, the Samba MC Leather features the same low-top retro silhouette that is loved by the market.  

Staying true to its roots of being a soccer-inspired sneaker, the MC leather features a cleat-inspired outsole which provides traction and grip on turf and hard surfaces. Because of this outsole, this shoe can also be used as a training shoe for different sports like hockey, badminton, and tennis.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas MC Leather uses materials for its inside and outside that are eco-friendly.
  • Comfort is enhanced on these sneakers as it features a cushioned inner sole and padded tongue.