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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The low top Samba OG flaunts a retro yet stylish look that is appealing to a good number of Adidas fans. Many described its silhouette as subtle and unique yet beautiful.
  • It’s a great day-to-day shoe that goes well with various outfits, many advised.
  • This sneaker received heaps of praises for its eye-catching colorways.
  • Many gave this shoe a thumbs up stating that it was solidly-built and high-quality.
  • Buyers pleased with the purchase said this shoe was highly recommended.
  • Based on several reviews, the low top Samba OG was durable, light and comfortable.
  • Sold at a reasonable price, some considered this shoe as a steal.
  • One purchaser revealed that the online pictures don’t give these kicks justice as they look way better in person.
  • The leather versions are easy to maintain, less than a handful disclosed.
  • The Adidas Samba OG models made of nylon serves as an excellent summer shoe option, not many expressed.
  • This product is on sale at selected retail stores.

6 reasons not to buy

  • This sneaker runs about a half size smaller than the standard sizing, according to a small number of wearers.
  • It fits slightly narrow and tight, noted by a few users.
  • One buyer complained that the sole was not grippy.
  • The Samba OG’s insoles lacked arch support, another user mentioned.
  • Its laces were too long, not many noticed.
  • The leather iteration felt a bit stiff in the beginning, as confirmed by one fan.

Bottom line

Initially built to endure an intense ball-kicking game of soccer, this sports footwear turned casual shoe maintains its iconic status in the market.

The updated version called the Adidas Samba OG retains the classic’s original look. Compared to its predecessor, this one became more appealing because it has been upgraded with premium materials. What's more is that the price, although a bit higher than the first version, remains affordable.

Despite its improved quality and good looks, some were turned off with its ambiguous sizing and inadequacies of a few of its parts. Regardless, its popularity continues to increase. Desired for its vintage look, not to mention its versatility, durability and reasonable price point, fans remain pleased with the overall experience the Adidas Samba OG can provide to its wearers.


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Adidas Samba OG History

Created to keep the players’ feet protected and dry from the icy ground during winter, the Adidas Samba was initially made to withstand the heart-stopping game of soccer while performing well.

Introduced in 1950, the shoe had kangaroo leather for its upper and a gum rubber for its outsole. The former is known for its comfortable fit while the latter is renowned for its superior grip and traction on various surfaces. The iconic 3-stripes is added to complete the look as well as to supply lateral support.

Athletes, not to mention sneaker enthusiasts, were captivated with its classic beauty that looked great on the field as well as the urban streets. Thus, this athletic shoe was soon adopted by the popular culture, celebrities included. The brand, keen to the ever-changing needs of their consumers, reinvented this model incessantly while retaining the shoe’s original silhouette.

To date, more than 35 million Samba pairs have been sold making it the 2nd most coveted Adidas creation. It is notable that this shoe is also the oldest vintage model that is still widely produced. Among the many versions of this silhouette is the Samba OG. Recognized for its rippled heel tab, the Samba OG is also crafted with top-grade materials.

Adidas Samba OG Style

Sporty and sleek, the low top Adidas Samba OG can transform and elevate your look in a snap. Available in black and white colorways, these neutral yet eye-catching tones can easily be matched with any outfit in your wardrobe including jeans, shorts and chinos. Vibrant-hued pairs can be rocked with the same set of clothes. Just expect these to stand out effortlessly.

While looking great, this shoe also ensures to provide adequate comfort that lasts. Thus, many consider this durable casual sneaker a wardrobe staple and a reliable everyday footwear.

Fit & Sizing

Soccer cleats-inspired, the Adidas Samba OG supplies ample support and stability. Given its slightly narrow construction, this shoe only offers minimal toe space. This shortcoming, however, can be fixed easily by sizing up.

These lifestyle kicks are available in men’s sizes 4-14 with its length generally running true to what is expected. Females in love with this model can get a pair at least one size smaller than their usual choice.

Notable Features

This sneaker is distinguished for its slimmed-down upper. Its look will not be complete without the suede T-toe overlay and synthetic leather heel tab. For this iteration, the logo on the patch has been replaced with a ripple detailing.

Similar to its predecessor, this version continued to adopt the classic rubber gum outsole. The sole with its unique traction pattern offers improved durability as well as superior grip.

Additional Info

  • Depending on the colorway, the upper of the shoe can be made of nubuck, premium leather or woven nylon. The color of the branding on the tongue may also vary.
  • Snug and secure fit can be achieved with the help of the lace-up closure which includes flat laces.
  • For plush comfort, the shoe is lined with soft leather. The collar is also lightly padded.
  • The option to personalize the shoe is available for some colorways and in selected Adidas stores. This feature lets the buyer add a name, hashtag, flag, number or team on both the right and left shoe for an uptick in the price.
  • The Adidas logo is embossed on the undersole for further branding.
  • The word Samba is printed in gold on the lateral side of the shoe.