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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.

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.


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

8 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Samoa Leather is a budget-friendly sneaker.
  • The majority of the reviewers were pleased that this shoe is very comfortable.
  • Many reviewers commented that they get lots of compliments because of this shoe as it looks great when worn.
  • Some of the satisfied purchasers said that they would recommend this shoe to their friends.
  • Some reviewers stated that the quality of this shoe holds up well.
  • A small number of reviewers appreciated the non-slip tread of this shoe.
  • Many were pleased that this shoe is easy to clean.
  • Many buyers also appreciate that this shoe is lightweight.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the buyers noted that the Adidas Samoa Leather does not break in quickly.
  • Some reports were noting that this shoe runs big.
  • The leather is a bit stiff, according to a few number of reviewers.
  • One reviewer did not like the toe bumper design of this shoe.
  • It has minor ankle support, as noted by a small number of buyers.

Bottom line

A sneaker with a contemporary design with a classic silhouette, the Adidas Samoa Leather is probably one of the best choices to sport in the streets. Not only is it affordable, but it is also very comfortable and stylish. It looks great in the photos and looks even better when worn that it gives its wearers heaps of compliments from other people. The majority of purchasers claimed that it fits perfectly with the right size on and of good quality. Overall, this Leather edition of the classic Samoa is another highly recommended and highly rated Adidas shoe.



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Adidas Samoa Leather History

In 2011, Adidas Originals launched an “All Originals” campaign involving four of its most popular and iconic shoe models from its archive - the Superstar, the Gazelle, the Campus and the Samoa.

The Adidas Samoa debuted in 1977, but only started its rise to popularity in the early ‘80s. Originally intended as an indoor soccer shoe, it slowly progressed to becoming a lifestyle shoe and subsequently one of the favorites in the fashion scene. Throughout the years, it received several colorway releases and different iterations by utilizing various materials while still conserving its iconic silhouette.

One of the recent versions of the Adidas Samoa is the Adidas Samoa Leather. It basically is just the same as the original with the exception that the whole upper utilizes full grain leather including the overlays on the toe box, the serrated Three Stripes on the sides, and the heel patch. The look is completed with tonal flat laces in traditional closure, a Trefoil tread outsole, a rubber toe shield, and an injected PU midsole. It is the modern take on the iconic classic to suit the current fashion trend.

Adidas Samoa Leather Style

A throwback yet modern look can easily be achieved with the Adidas Samoa Leather. A modernized edition of the favorite classic from the ‘80s, this shoe features a full-grain leather including the reinforcements on the toebox, the serrated signature Three Stripes, and the heel patch. It has a contemporary look ideal for street style for both men and women. It looks great when worn with jeans, casual pants, or shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Samoa Leather is available in men's sizes which range from 4 to 15, half sizes included, in D Medium width. It is also offered from size 4 to 11, half sizes also included, in B Medium width for the ladies.

The Samoa Leather has low-top structure with lightly padded collar and tongue to allow free yet comfortable movement along the ankle. It has a full-grain leather upper with additional reinforcements on the toe and heel areas. The lace closure comes in the form of a traditional lacing system, which also features an extra tab on the tongue to keep it in place.

Notable Features

The original Adidas Samoa features a leather upper with suede overlays on the toebox. This version, however, differs in such a way that the entirety of the upper utilizes leather even the added reinforcements, which gives the shoe more of a contemporary than a classic look. Like in the original Samoa, there is a prominent rubber toe bumper for added durability and scuff protection and a Trefoil tread outsole for grip and traction.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas Samoa Leather also features an injected PU midsole for cushioning and a breathable mesh lining.
  • The Adidas labels are present both on the tongue and the heel. The serrated Three Stripes branding on the sides are visible as well.