8.743 users: 4.6 / 5
Style: Classic , Minimalist , Smart Casual
Top: Low
Inspired from: Training
Collection: Adidas Samoa

Verdict from 9.3 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Samoa pleases the majority of buyers for being comfortable on feet.
  • Many users like that it is stylish enough to be worn with any getup. 
  • Many fresh colorway options are available, which some buyers see as an advantage.
  • It has an affordable price.
  • Some wearers comment that this shoe is easy to clean.
  • A small number of reviewers mention that they receive lots of compliments with this shoe.
  • Some also appreciate the lightness of this shoe.
  • Several reviewers note that this shoe is easy to break-in.
  • Unlike some classics, this one is quite easy to purchase online, according to some reviewers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers report that this shoe squeaks mainly because of the synthetic leather material.
  • Some reviewers point out that this shoe has poor ankle support.

Bottom line

One of the most recognized Adidas classics is the Adidas Samoa  - a low-top Three Stripes kick that originated in the 1977 and resurfaced in 2011 as part of the Adidas lifestyle sneakers. Boasting a classic and casual-meets-cool look that raises the bar in street style fashion, it quickly gains compliments for anyone strutting a pair.

Overall, the Adidas Samoa had many users attest to its comfort, lightness, and affordability. 

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Everyone can strut a pair of the Adidas Samoa as it is available in men's and women's sizes. It has a low-top profile, which allows wearers flexible foot movement while providing sufficient support and comfort. A synthetic textured upper has adequate support for casual use, and its traditional lace closure has an added lace strap along the tongue for a more secure but adjustable fit.

The Adidas Samoa brings street style to the next level with a bit of ‘80s throwback. Characterized by a leather and suede upper with a noticeable rubber toe bumper, it has a casual yet cool look in a wide variety of colorways. Men and women alike can surely find a color that suits their personal style. Its structure and total look fit almost every look, may it be sporty, rugged, or casual.

Probably the most notable feature of the Adidas Samoa is the presence of a rubber toe bumper that is not commonly found in other sneakers ubiquitous on the market today. Featured not only as part of the shoe’s design, it functions for protection and added durability. The toe box also bears a suede overlay detailing. Another distinctive feature of this shoe is the trefoil pattern on the rubber outsole.

  Adidas Samoa vs. Adidas Superstar

Another Adidas classic sneaker that made a comeback in 2011 as part of the Adidas All Originals campaign alongside the Samoa is the Adidas Superstar. Like the Samoa, it flaunts a signature and classic serrated Three Stripes brandings to the sides, padded collar, and traditional lace-up closure with a central tongue loop. But what characterized the Superstar most is its rubber toe bumper, often called 'shell toe,' that can be likened to Adidas Samoa.

Most athletic shoes on the market slowly became more inclined to function on the fashion side than on the court or on the track as years go by. The market trend became more about sports-meet-fashion, and the footwear category was not an exception. Trendsetters and fashion influencers began incorporating sports/athletic shoes in their everyday casual getups, and the general market followed, eventually giving birth to the "athleisure" trend that is popular up to this day.

In August 2011, Adidas launched an "All Originals" campaign and re-introduced four of its most iconic and classic shoes – the Gazelle, the Campus, the Superstar, and the Samoa.

The Adidas Samoa, which initially released in 1977 as a training shoe, became highly popular in the '80s. It featured a slim sole, a reinforced toe concluded with a rubber bumper, and a leather or suede upper with noticeable suede overlay detailing on the toe box. Though unconfirmed, reports were saying that it was named as such to honor the American Samoa National Soccer Team when they lost against Australia during the FIFA World Cup qualifying game. It was an absolute loss, but the team still managed to finish the match with utmost pride.

The Samoa shoe remains as one of the iconic silhouettes from Adidas up to this day. To some, it is one of the underrated models from the brand, but that perception did not stop it from staying top. Throughout the years, several colorways and versions of this model have been released. Some Adidas models, like the Iniki Runner, even drew inspiration from the silhouette of this genuinely iconic classic.

  2015: Adidas Originals Revived its “Island Series”

The Adidas Island Series is a collection of 20 Three Stripes shoes that first released in the ‘70s. Each footwear in the series took inspirations from the various cultures of their particular island namesake. Some of the shoes that are included are the Adidas Samoa, Adidas Jamaica, Adidas Cancun, Adidas Trinidad and Tobago, Adidas Hawaii, and Adidas Tahiti.

In 2015, Adidas through Adidas Originals made a smart move of bringing a new life to the renowned collection. Its Spring 2015 release included three favorite silhouettes from the series namely the Samoa, the Hawaii, and the Tahiti.  

First off the list is the Adidas Samoa that dropped in April 2015. It displays a rich suede upper in deep red, tonal flat laces, white accents on the Three Stripes and heel, and a semi-translucent gum rubber outsole. Following this is the Adidas Hawaii which flaunts a premium brown suede upper with a leather tongue and gum sole unit. It dropped on May 2, 2015. Then on May 16, 2015, the blue Adidas Tahiti made an entrance in a similar suede upper and tongue, flat blue laces, and matching blue sole unit.

For Fall/ Winter 2015, Adidas Originals made a series of follow-up releases for the Adidas Island Series. It included brand new renditions of the Adidas Jamaica in vibrant yellow hue (July 20, 2015), the Adidas Trinidad and Tobago in a bright orange upper (August 29, 2015), and the Adidas Cancun in a light beige with dark brown accents (October 30, 2015).

  Popular Adidas Samoa Releases and Renditions

  Adidas Samoa “Pigskin” Pack

In late May 2016, Adidas dropped a luxurious take on the classic Samoa silhouette. Dubbed officially as the Adidas Samoa “Pigskin” pack is a three-piece collection of monochromatic Adidas Samoa shoes including colorways of soft shades of pink, tan, and grey. A follow-up release was made on August 27 of the same year, which involved two additional monochromatic colorways of vibrant Deep Red and Mint Green that possess similar luxurious and premium aesthetics as the first three colorways. Each pair initially retailed for $130.

Each shoe included in the “Pigskin” pack features premium construction with a tonal pigskin suede upper, embossed branding to the tongue, heel, and sidewalls, rope laces, leather interior, and tonal suede Three Stripes overlays.  

  Adidas Samoa Vintage

One of the modern-day renditions of the classic and iconic Adidas Samoa silhouette from the ‘80s is the Adidas Samoa Vintage. Although released in recent years, this rendition gives the nod to the classic's heritage roots and delivers a "vintage" aesthetic fitted for the contemporary audience.

The Samoa Vintage shadows the original Samoa profile. The core, signature features are retained such as the notable rubber toe bumper, side wall Three Stripes branding, T-toe reinforcement, Trefoil-patterned outsole, low-top construction, and lace-up closure system. However, what sets it apart from the original model is the material used on the upper. While the Adidas Samoa primarily uses leather with suede overlays on its upper, the Samoa Vintage iteration utilizes an all-suede upper from the base material to the side wall, toe, and heel overlays.

Another difference of the Samoa Vintage from the Adidas Samoa is the nylon tongue that holds the signature Adidas Trefoil logo.

Notable Adidas Samoa Vintage colorways:

  • Adidas Samoa Vintage ‘Olive/ Cargo Green’
  • Adidas Samoa Vintage ‘Maroon’
  • Adidas Samoa Vintage ‘Tactile Green’
  • Adidas Samoa Vintage ‘Collegiate Navy and Yellow’

  Adidas Samoa Leather

One of the many contemporary versions of the iconic Adidas Samoa comes in a full-leather form called officially as the Adidas Samoa Leather. As the name suggests, this version uses a high-quality leather material. While the original-slash-core Adidas Samoa model features a combination of leather and suede materials on the upper, this modern-day rendition opts for a full grain leather all throughout the upper, including the tongue and all the reinforcements on the sides, toe box, and heel.

Like the other renditions of the Adidas Originals Samoa, the Samoa Leather retains the signature feature of the legendary soccer-inspired low-top Three Stripes including the side stripes branding and the Trefoil-patterned outsole.

Some Adidas Samoa Leather colorways:

  • Adidas Samoa Leather ‘Core Black’
  • Adidas Samoa Leather ‘Black/ White’
  • Adidas Samoa Leather ‘New Navy/ White/ White’
  • Adidas Samoa Leather ‘Footwear White/ Footwear White/ Clear Grey’

  Adidas Samoa Plus

The Adidas Samoa Plus took the DNA of the ’80 Samoa silhouette and re-created it with a slightly bulkier build, hence the “Plus” in the name. Although the classic look of the Samoa is retained through the rubber toe bumper and Trefoil-patterned rubber outsole, its upper received a contemporary update. This rendition flaunts a synthetic leather upper designed with a 3D puff stripe print all throughout. Additional features include EVA midsole, metallic gold detailing, and padded collar.

Some colorways of the Adidas Samoa Plus:

  • Adidas Samoa Plus ‘Black’
  • Adidas Samoa Plus ‘White’
  • Adidas Samoa Plus ‘Red and Black’
  • Adidas Samoa Plus ‘Black/ White/ Gold Metallic’

  Adidas Samoa ‘Infrared/ Black’

This special Adidas Samoa in red released exclusively at retailer Finish Line in time for Christmas of 2013. The low-top Adidas Originals Samoa casual shoes flaunt a vibrant red upper in a mix of leather and suede with complementing flat red laces and rubber toe bumper. A contrast of white is seen on the midsole which matches the “SAMOA” text branding to the sides. The heel and tongue branding, on the other hand, are seen in black.

  Adidas Samoa ‘Camo’

In February 2012, Adidas released the Adidas Originals Camo Pack exclusively at Footaction stores and online in commemoration of the brand’s Fabric Mix Track Top. The pack includes two Adidas Originals silhouettes namely the Top Court Mid and the Samoa.

The Adidas Originals Samoa in this pack retailed for $60 and featured bold colorways. Each pair is a reinterpretation of the basic tiger camo print combined with a pop of ‘Infrared’ color. The first pair (Black/ Infrared) donned a black upper with pops of infrared on the Three Stripes and heel while a white midsole and brandings seal off the classic look. The second pair (White/ Infrared), on the other hand, featured a white base upper with a black rubber toe bumper and outsole. Like the first pair, hints of infrared Three Stripes are displayed on the Three Stripes and heel.  

  • The Adidas Samoa features an EVA midsole cushioning for all-day comfort.
  • The iconic Three-Stripes branding on the side presents “Samoa” script to complete the look.
  • The upper is made of leather or suede.
  • There is an Adidas label on the tongue and a debossed logo on the back collar.
  • American TV personality and model Rosci Diaz has been spotted wearing a pair of the Adidas Samoa. Other celebrities photographed wearing the Samoa are Kanye West and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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They are super comfy and I can trust the brand to be true to size.. - Amazon
this Adidas Samoa is true to size and very light weight , good cushion shoes.. - Amazon
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Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.