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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Adidas Superstar History
The road to Adidas Superstar’s popularity can be traced back to 1969 when it was initially released. Based on the Adidas Pro Model shoe, it was the first low-top basketball shoe to feature an upper made of all leather material and a rubber shell toe. These features may not be as technologically-advanced as the other basketball shoes today, but during that time the Superstars were considered as technologically sophisticated.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the best NBA players during of all time, put the Superstar into the spotlight as an on-court shoe during the '70s era. He wore the Superstar during his best games, and eventually, other NBA players followed suit.
The "shell toe" gained more popularity during the ‘80s particularly on the streets and in the hip-hop scene. Such can be attributed to the American hip-hop trio Run-D.M.C., who were known to be fanatics of the Three Stripes to such a degree that they religiously wore Adidas tracksuits and Superstars to public appearances and concerts. They made a fashion statement by wearing their Superstars without the shoelaces, and the tongue pushed, the same way shoes are being worn in prison. They officially signed an endorsement deal with Adidas after their historic Madison Square Garden concert in which about 40,000 audiences hold their Adidas up in the air upon their request.
For nearly 50 years now, the Adidas Superstar continues to be one of the best sneakers of all time. Though initially designed as a basketball shoe, it has become more of a fashion sneaker throughout the years. In 2016, only a year since it was re-launched through the Adidas Originals line, the iconic classic even earned the top spot in the Top 10 Best Shoes in the US in terms of sales in dollars.
Adidas Superstar Style
The Adidas Superstar surely lives up to its "superstar" name. Consistently holding a spot in the most favorite classic sneakers of all-time list, it never goes out of style from one generation to other. It bears a timeless and clean design in a variety of colorways for both men and women. Men can style it with skinny jeans or jogger pants to highlight its shape and design, but it nonetheless looks good with any outfit. Similarly, the ladies can rock these with a pair of jeans, dresses, shorts, and skirts.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas Superstar is available for both men and women and offered in half sizes. Men's sizes vary from 4 to 20 in D – Medium width, while women's sizes range from 5 to 11, in B- Medium width. This shoe allows free ankle movement through its low-cut structure and provides an adjustable fit through its traditional lace closure. In addition, its overall structure provides sufficient hold and support considering its basketball shoe DNA.
One of the features that made the Adidas Superstar truly iconic is its rubber shell toe. For that reason, it earned the nicknames "shell toe", "shell shoes", and "shell tops". Also, it exhibits the "SUPERSTAR" wording alongside the Adidas Three Stripes with zig-zag edging branding on the side panels.
- Lorde, Kylie Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Dakota Fanning, Emma Roberts, Emma Stone, Kristen Stewart, Rita Ora, and Katie Holmes are some of the celebrities photographed rocking these classic kicks.
- The Adidas Superstar can be personalized through the Adidas' official website.
- It features a full grain leather on the upper and textile lining for superior comfort and soft feel.
- The trefoil logo is visible on the shoe's tongue and on the heel patch.
- Its rubber cupsole follows a herringbone pattern for grip and traction.
- There are stitching details evident on the midsole.