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7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous purchasers are extremely pleased that the Adidas Samoa Vintage is extremely comfortable.
  • This shoe impresses heaps of reviewers for its top-notch quality.
  • It is stylish and has a great retro look, according to many purchasers.
  • A few reviewers recommend this Three Stripes shoe.
  • Some purchasers note that this shoe fits perfectly on their feet.
  • There are several comments on how exceptional the colors are in this particular version of the Samoa.
  • It is a budget-friendly sneaker.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of reviewers comment that the Vintage version of the classic Adidas Samoa gets dirty quickly because of the suede upper.
  • One purchaser complains that the shoelaces are way too long.

Bottom line

The Adidas Samoa Vintage is a modern take on the ‘80s iconic classic Samoa silhouette featuring a premium suede upper, a reinforced toe cap, and a Trefoil tread outsole. Consumers love its overall look, especially its retro vibe and stunning colorways that make it even more stylish. It has an old-school style that fits the modern-day fashion trend. 

With top-notch quality and comfortable feel on feet, in addition to the characteristics mentioned above, it is no wonder why the majority of purchasers highly recommends the Samoa Vintage.


Base model: Adidas Samoa
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Football
Collection: Adidas Samoa
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Rubber Sole, Suede
Price: $65
Colorways: Beige, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Multi, Red, White
Special editions: 1 special editions
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This modernized variation of one of the ‘80s Adidas' classic silhouettes 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 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.

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 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.

  • 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.


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