Size and fit

The Adidas Samba Recon LT is a unisex shoe that's offered in men's sizes ranging from 5 to 14. Half sizes are available between sizes 7 to 13. Based on the brand's size chart, to get their correct size women should go one size down from their standard shoe size. This kick utilizes traditional lace-up closure to keep feet snug and in place.

Adidas Samba Recon LT Style

The Adidas Samba Recon LT retains the original's silhouette, from the T-toe design to the gum sole, but this kick now features extra-long tongues for a unique and edgy design. Also, this shoe utilizes premium materials, which enhances its overall aesthetic. Pair it with jeans or joggers for a casual day out or opt for shorts or leggings and skirts for the ladies to make the shoe your outfit's focal point.

Notable Features

The Adidas Samba Recon LT showcases its predecessor's signature T-toe overlay and gum sole construction, which retains the retro classic look making it notable as it is. However, this version's charm lies in its premium materials and unique tongue design. It could add unprecedented yet stylish detail to amp up your look.

Adidas Samba Recon LT History

Adidas Samba is one of the most-loved vintage sneakers in the brand's lineup that it is still coveted by serious sneaker fans today. First released in 1950, the Samba was built to cater to soccer players during the winter season. Crafted from kangaroo leather upper and gum rubber outsoles, the sneaker provided protection against wet and cold elements and excellent grip on icy surfaces. Moreover, the Three Stripes branding on the shoe's sides provided support for lateral movements during the game.

Armed with simplicity and timeless retro style, it didn't take long enough for non-athlete consumers to take notice. The sneaker soon transitioned onto the streets and was warmly welcomed by popular culture. In its endless efforts to provide its fans with trendy and up-to-date styles, Adidas continually released this popular sneaker in various and seemingly endless Samba iterations without compromising the kick's original essence.

The Samba has so far sold at least 35 million pairs making it the second best-selling Adidas sneaker model. Moreover, having been over 68 years since its introduction, it is considered the longest model in production among all Adidas running sneakers.

In June 2018, the Samba is once again reintroduced through a new version called the Adidas Samba Recon LT. It is a premium version of the classic kick which features extra-long tongue design that folds over.

Additional Info

  • It is available in Medium width.
  • Colorways so far include Crystal White and Core Black.
  • The sneaker retails for $170.


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