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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.

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

5 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Samba SPZL has impressed the majority of reviewers for being comfortable on the feet.
  • The color scheme may not be for everyone, but several purchasers liked the colors used in this shoe, especially the core black/solar lime colorway.
  • Many purchasers liked that it is a stylish sneaker that goes well with a variety of outfits.
  • A few of the purchasers appreciated that the outsole tread of this shoe makes walking trouble-free.
  • It feels quite light in the foot of some reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers said that the tongue of this Spezial edition of the Samba is stiff at first, but feels fantastic once broken in.
  • The price of this shoe is a bit high.
  • There are limited color options for this shoe.

Bottom line

The Adidas Samba SPZL, as the name suggests, is the "Spezial" edition of the classic Samba silhouette belonging to the Adidas Spezial series. It launched in 2016 and positively welcomed in the sneaker market in such a way that consumers applauded its comfort and its colorways. It also resembles the rubber outsole of the original Samba, which is just as impressive. It is also often perceived as a stylish pair of kicks that can quickly add oomph to any outfit. The only downside for some is that its price range is a little inclined towards the expensive side.



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Adidas Samba SPZL History

The Adidas Samba is one of the oldest shoe models from Adidas that is continuously in production since the 1950s. Some reports note that it is the second best-selling Adidas shoe of all time next to the Stan Smith.

The Samba's original design features a gum rubber outsole with suction details or pivot points to help football players train on icy and hard surfaces, a foldable tongue that displays the gold Trefoil logo, and the classic Three Stripes for additional support. Throughout the years, the Samba evolved to many variations including the Samba Millennium, the Samba 62, the Samba 85, the Samba JP, the Samba NUA, the Samba Super, and much more.

In 2014, Adidas launched the Adidas SPEZIAL series as a tribute to the brand's history of innovation. It consists of several silhouettes taken from the archives modernized to suit the modern-day consumers. Two years later, the series included the Samba silhouette as part of the Adidas SPEZIAL FW16 and known officially as the Adidas Samba SPZL. The SPZL in the name stands for SPEZIAL. It took inspiration from the vintage Samba that was exclusively available in the UK back then. This version utilizes a full grain leather upper with suede overlays across the eyelets down to the toe cap. It also bears the molded tongue of the original Samba, as well as the rubber outsole with pivot points for greater traction on surfaces and the prominent rubber toe cap.

Adidas Samba SPZL Style

The Adidas Samba SPZL retains the iconic classic’s retro vibe with an updated look to suit the modern consumers. Its leather upper completed with tonal laces, and contrasting Three Stripes and heel details adds a premium touch to its style. It looks great when worn with jeans, casual pants, and shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Samba SPZL is available in men's sizing, which ranges from size 5 to 11.5 in D Medium width. It has a low-top structure that allows flexible ankle movements and a traditional lace closure for a snug yet adjustable fit. The Three Stripes is as usual present on the sides not only as a form of branding, but also as an additional support to the shoe's structure.

Notable Features

The Adidas Samba SPZL follows the silhouette of the original Samba model. The SPZL in the name stands for "Spezial" as it is a part of the Adidas Spezial series.  Its upper consists full grain leather with suede overlays on the middle from the eyelets down to the toe box. There is a remarkable toe cap similar to that on the Samba Super for added durability in the area. Also, the rubber outsole exhibits pivot point to attain optimum traction since the original Samba is intended to be a football shoe.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas Samba SPZL also features a die-cut EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning and a slightly padded footbed and collar for added plush feel.
  • The tongue is embossed and bears the Adidas Originals and Trefoil branding.
  • The signature Three Stripes is presented on the side panels in a contrasting color as the upper. Alongside the Three Stripes on the outer side of the shoe is the Samba script branding. Another branding is visible on the heel.
  • Actor Ewan McGregor wore the Adidas Samba SPZL both off-duty and on-screen in his 1996 movie Trainspotting.