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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Samoa pleased the majority of buyers for being comfortable on the feet.
  • Many users liked that it is stylish enough to be worn with any kind of getup. Some even highlighted that they like the retro look of the shoe.
  • It is offered in many cool colorway options that some buyers see as an advantage.
  • It can easily be availed at an affordable price.
  • Some wearers commented that this shoe is easy to clean.
  • A number of reviewers mentioned that they receive lots of compliments with this shoe on.
  • 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.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The ladies who have tried on a pair of the Adidas Samoa said that it runs about half or a full size bigger than their normal size.
  • There were a huge number of comments saying that this shoe fits a little tighter or narrower in the toe box compared to other shoes of this type.
  • A small number of buyers were dismayed that the actual colors were different from that in the photos.
  • A few reviewers report that this shoe squeaks mainly because of the synthetic leather material.
  • Some reviewers pointed out that this shoe has poor ankle support.

Bottom line

With its retro and casual-meets-cool look, the Adidas Samoa raises the bar in street style. Men and women of all ages can definitely rock a pair of these kicks in their casual getup. In fact, some of those who own a pair report that they get lots of compliments with this shoe on. Anyone can find a colorway that suits his/her personal style since it is available on the market in many colorway options.

Overall, a great shoe as many have attested to its comfort, lightness, and affordability. The only major downside, however, is the women's sizing, which is a bit off according to many. It is suggested to get this in a smaller size, about a half or full size smaller than the normal to attain a more comfortable fit.


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Adidas Samoa History

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.

Originally released in 1977, the Adidas Samoa was initially intended as a training shoe and 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, there were reports saying that it was named as such to honor the American Samoa National Football 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 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 truly iconic classic.

Adidas Samoa Style

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.

Fit & Sizing

Everyone can strut a pair of the Adidas Samoa as it is available in men's and women's sizes. Men's sizes range from size 7 to 14 in D – Medium width including half sizes. Similarly, women's sizes are also offered in half sizes ranging from size 5 to 11 in B – Medium width. The men's sizing is true to size, but the women's sizing runs about a half or a full size bigger. Ladies who wish to acquire a pair should get a smaller size than their usual for a more comfortable fit.

The structure of the Adidas Samoa is low-top, which means that wearers will have flexible foot movements. Its synthetic textured upper has adequate support for the casual use and its traditional lace closure has an added lace strap along the tongue for a more secure but adjustable fit.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas Samoa features an EVA midsole cushioning for an 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.