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