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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.

Good to know

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.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

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.

Good to know

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.


We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous purchasers were extremely pleased that the Adidas Samoa Vintage is so comfortable when worn.
  • This shoe also impressed heaps of reviewers for its top quality.
  • It is stylish and with a great retro look, according to many purchasers.
  • A few reviewers said that they would recommend this shoe to anyone.
  • Some purchasers noted that this shoe fits perfectly on their feet.
  • There were several comments on how exceptional the colors are in this particular version of the Samoa.
  • It is a budget-friendly sneaker.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of reviewers commented that the Vintage version of the classic Adidas Samoa gets dirty quickly because of the suede upper.
  • Some reviewers noted that some colors are a bit different than pictured online.
  • One purchaser complained that the shoelaces are way too long.

Bottom line

The Adidas Samoa Vintage is a modern take on the ‘80s iconic classic silhouette featuring a premium suede upper, a reinforced toe cap, and a Trefoil tread outsole. Consumers loved 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 a top-notch quality and a comfortable feel on the feet, in addition to the characteristics as mentioned above, it is no wonder why the majority of purchasers highly recommends the Samoa Vintage.



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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.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.