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.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Samoa Plus runs true to size in medium D or B width for men and women. It comes in size 5 to 11 in women and 7 to 14 in men including half sizes. The low-top sneaker allows for flexible foot movements while its flat lacing ensures a secured lockdown.
Adidas Samoa Plus Style
As a casual sneaker, the Adidas Samoa Plus lives up to its promise of street-style comfort and youthful vibe. The modern iteration of the 1980s running shoe boasts of black, red, green, and white colorways.
The low-top design comprises synthetic leather finish with embossed stripes for that contemporary look of the vintage running trainer. The sleek silhouette also aims for perfect blending into the wearer’s outfit from shorts to long pants with ease while its color variations give it the versatility to pair with different styles and fashion tastes.
The most prominent feature of the Adidas Samoa Plus is its retro silhouette that is further highlighted by the reinforced toe that protects the feet from bumps. The synthetic leather material in the upper is modernized by including 3D embossed stripe prints that give the sneaker a lighter feel on feet. The new EVA-injected midsole and slip-resistant high traction rubber outsole make wearers experience a luxurious feeling and extra comfort that lasts all day.
Adidas Samoa Plus History
The 1970s and the 1980s were incredible years for sneakers. Almost all major shoe brands had some of their most popular sneaker designs coming from those decades. One of those models for the German footwear manufacturer is the Adidas Samoa.
The first Adidas Samoa was initially launched in 1977. However, the shoe only picked up its popularity mostly in the 1980s when running and trainer shoes of the past years have become popular with the casual and street-style loving urban generation.
The low-top design came with a thin sole and a reinforced toe making it an ideal trainer shoe for running, football, and other sports activities. A rubber toe bumper with a suede material finish in the toe box also kept the feet protected all day.
According to some sneaker fan sites, the Samoa name was given to the trainer shoe in honor of the American Samoa football team when they lost against Australia in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Football fans noted that the American Samoa team finished the game with so much pride and confidence in world football qualifier.
Some of Adidas designs have been inspired by the Adidas Samoa like the Adidas Iniki Runner with its noticeable three-stripe and the suede material finish.
Over the years, from being an athletic shoe, the Adidas Samoa transitioned into a lifestyle sneaker as many of the brands have embraced the sports-meets-fashion trend in footwear. From hip-hop stars to fashion celebrities, the ‘athleisure’ trend has finally caught up on most of Adidas original designs like the Superstar, Stan Smith, Gazelle, and the often underrated Samoa.
Adidas launched its All Originals line that includes iconic shoes like Superstar, Campus, Gazelle, and Samoa in various colorways and updated materials. This move by Adidas catapulted some of their designs as among the bestselling retro shoes of all time. The longevity in popularity of Adidas sneakers has placed them as among the most coveted shoe models in the world.
The German brand further elevated the 1980s running shoe design with the Adidas Samoa Plus. The design is modern with amazing colorways, and 3D printed embossed stripes while still retaining the silhouette of the original including the reinforced toe cap and slim sole.
- Adidas signature trefoil pattern at the tongue, gold Trefoil logo at back heel, and a Samoa gold plate can be found on the lateral side.
- The Adidas Samoa Plus has a cushioned innersole for extra in-shoe comfort.