Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $125
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Summary

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.