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

12 reasons to buy

  • Majority of reviewers like that the Adidas Samoa Plus has a good fit.
  • Several customers find the shoe comfortable for wearing all day because of its cushioned midsole.
  • It has a thick rubber toe bumper that protects the feet from bump injuries.
  • Numerous customers are impressed by its slip-resistant rubber outsole.
  • Some users find its casual style easy to pair with their clothes.
  • The low-top shoe is well-made with excellent quality and durability to last for months.
  • The die-cut EVA midsole cushions well and absorb impact in every step.
  • The retro sneaker feels light making it ideal for walking for hours.
  • A large number of buyers love the color choices and overall look of the Adidas Samoa Plus.
  • A couple of commenters find the shoe easy to wipe clean.
  • Some sneaker fans like the stylish design and textured striping designs on the upper.
  • Buyers find it affordable and reasonably priced at only $75 per pair.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some noticed that the synthetic material used in the upper had cracks after a few months of use and exposure to hot or dry climate.
  • It could feel hot inside the sneaker because of the synthetic material used in the upper.
  • The Adidas Samoa Plus lacks arch support for those with pronation problems.
  • A few users find the squeaking sounds coming from the shoe annoying.
  • The embossed stripes on the sides get chipped and cracked due to heavy use.

Bottom line

The Adidas Samoa Plus is a stylish sneaker variation from the popular 1980s running shoe. While it retains the original silhouette of the Adidas Samoa, this modern iteration of the classic sneaker scores plus points on design with its embossed stripes, modern colorways, and synthetic material that keeps the shoe very light. The retro kick also has its signature rubber toecap, an EVA midsole for extra cushioning, a high traction outsole and low-top design that completes the casual retro sneaker appeal.


Base model: Adidas Samoa
Top: Low
Inspired from: Football
Collection: Adidas Samoa
Price: $75
Colorways: Black, Blue
Special editions: 1 special editions
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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.

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.

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, soccer, 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 soccer team when they lost against Australia in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Soccer fans noted that the American Samoa team finished the game with so much pride and confidence in world soccer 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.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.