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.
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Adidas Samoa Vintage History
The Adidas Samoa is one of the most popular classic shoes from Adidas. Originally designed as an indoor soccer shoe, it first released in 1977 but it was not until the ‘80s that it became highly accepted among sneaker enthusiasts in the urban fashion scene. It even inspired another Adidas silhouette, the Iniki Runner.
The Samoa features a low-top construction with a leather upper with suede overlays on the toebox, a rubber toe cap, and a Trefoil-patterned rubber outsole. In August 2011, it was one of the four most iconic silhouettes re-introduced by the brand for its "All Originals" campaign along with the Gazelle, the Campus, and the Superstar. Since then, this iconic shoe once again became a popular choice among sneakerheads and regular consumers for having been released in several colorways and variations.
One of the Samoa's modernized variations is the Adidas Samoa Vintage that released in 2016. It comes in a premium suede upper to suit the modern-day fashion trend while the EVA midsole and remarkable rubber bumper of the original Samoa retained. The first pack of this version released in June 2016 through Adidas Originals in two colorways – the "Collegiate Navy and Yellow" and the "Craft Ochre and Auburn". Several colorways of this version have also been released subsequently.
Adidas Samoa Vintage Style
The Samoa Vintage is a low-top lifestyle sneaker perfect for a throwback style that suits the current fashion trend. The all suede upper adds a premium touch to the classic silhouette and makes any outfit stand out from the rest. Wear it casually with jeans or shorts for a laid-back look. However, some colorways are eye-catching enough to give a pop of color to a basic look.
Fit & Sizing
This modernized variation of one of the ‘80s Adidas classic silhouettes is available in men's sizes that range from size 5 to 13 in D Medium width and in women's sizes that range from 5.5 to 10 in B Medium width. Half sizes are also included. The fit is generally true to size. It has a low-top structure in an all suede upper completed with tonal traditional lace closure for a snug and adjustable fit. Both the tongue and the collar are lightly padded for added comfort.
The premium pigskin suede material on the upper defines the Adidas Samoa Vintage. Bearing a similar material as the Samoa Vintage Pigskin, this particular iteration differs in such a way that it has a two-tone look while the Samoa Vintage Pigskin are released in tonal colors. This shoe’s serrated synthetic leather Three Stripes, heel accent, and midsole are all in a contrasting color as the suede. However, there are some releases of this model that features a leather upper instead of suede with a textured, webbed midsole in a pop of color.
It is also worth noting that this Vintage version has a shorter toebox relative to the original Samoa, which means that the bottom part of the eyelets is much closer to the rubber toe bumper. Another notable feature of this shoe is its nylon tongue that displays the Adidas Originals Trefoil branding.
- The Adidas Samoa Vintage also features a die-cut EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning, the Samoa branding parallel to the Three Stripes, and other branding on the heel.
- Other features of the original Samoas are retained in this version, such as the Trefoil logo patterned rubber outsole, the inverted T overlay on the toebox, and the prominent rubber toe bumper.