Our verdict


Get stylish with an animal-friendly version of the Samba from Adidas. This purely vegan-made sneaker keeps your feet comfy in a lightweight build. It offers a punch of style with loads of streetwear to casual wear at a price that’s a bang for the buck. At a pair, it is mind-blowing how well-made this near-exact replica is.


  • Comfortable upper
  • Vegan materials
  • Excellent construction
  • Timeless design
  • Versatile style
  • Lightweight
  • Durable and grippy outsole
  • No break-in needed
  • Hand-made feel


  • Stiff insoles (for casual wear)
  • Lacks tongue padding

Who should buy the Adidas Samba Vegan

The Adidas Samba Vegan is a solid choice if:

  • You are after a shoe that advocates the welfare of animals. 
  • A sneaker that does not go out of style is what you are looking for.
  • A shoe that would not weigh your feet down with its weight is what you need.

Who should not buy the Adidas Samba Vegan

Look past the Samba Vegan if a shoe that offers a very cushioned underfoot feel is what you are after. The Adidas Superstar might be a better alternative. Also, those who prefer a sneaker with ample padding on the tongue and collar may have to look elsewhere. They might want to have a look at the Adidas Postmove.

Cozy and awesome-looking "leather"

Heaps of Adidas Samba Vegan purchasers are extremely satisfied with its soft upper. It looks very much like genuine leather and, when zoomed in, even the patterns (grain) are really, really good. When in hand, it does not give that cheap-replica feeling. Many have said that if they did not know it was a vegan one, they could have never guessed. 

Goodbye, mass production

Looking at the Vegan Samba even more up close, the cuts of the leather look handmade. This is, next to it being vegan, another thing that brings so much value to those who are aiming to reduce their ecological footprint and do not want to support mass production. Samba Vegan flaunts the same details, quality, and craftsmanship as its leather-made counterparts.

Animal product-free Adidas Samba Vegan 

Adidas heeds the call for cruelty-free fashion sneakers that are sustainable as possible when it relaunched the Adidas Samba in vegan form. This second top-grossing iconic Three Stripes shoes next to the Stan Smith turn up with animal-free and recycled components. That said, numerous followers of vegan shoes and Samba kicks are ecstatic about its faux leather.

Obsolete-proof beauty

Throngs of reviewers love the classic appeal of the Samba Vegan.

Stiff insoles

This was a complaint only found in those who use the Samba Vegan for everyday activities. Those who use it for soccer actually appreciated the stiffness.

It's a classic

"This shoe will never die!" It's how a long-time fan described the shoe. According to many owners, its classic aesthetic offers a plush look to lots of clothes, from activewear to casual garbs. And they keep getting back to the shoe for this reason. 

It ain't heavy

Many sneakerheads say it’s one of the sneakers from Adidas Originals that doesn’t weigh a ton.

The need for more padding

Few shoppers hoped that the Adidas Samba Vegan had extra foam on the tongue. But it never had a padded tongue so this tells us they are not familiar with the Samba and are new to the shoe. 

The strong and sticky underside of Samba Vegan

It has been reported that the gum rubber outsole of the Samba Vegan is tough enough to withstand a beating while maintaining its surface grip. Not only that, but as a sneakerhead commented, "gum soles really pop!"

Adidas Samba Vegan vs. other Samba shoes

Adidas continues to revive the undying charm of its classic Samba sneaker by refreshing its racks with revamps. 

Adidas Sambarose, compared to the vintage-inspired vegan iteration, this fashion-forward Samba appeals to fans of platform sneakers.

Adidas Samba OG is the closest to the 1950 soccer-oriented Adidas Samba shoe, which favors buyers looking for gum-soled sneakers. Unlike the vegan version, this original Samba is made of a leather cover with a suede tip.

Adidas Samba Super is a white-soled Samba that offers a classic look like the Adidas Superstar and Adidas Continental 80. Compared to Samba Vegan, it uses premium leather.