Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $80
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • What the majority of the reviewers liked most about the Adidas Superstar is that it is an iconic and classic shoe that never goes out of style and that it goes well with basically anything.
  • The greater number of reviewers commend this shoe for being extremely comfortable when worn.
  • Some claimed that the Superstar is durable. They said that their previous pairs lasted for two to three years, or even longer.
  • The affordable price tag of this shoe is a huge plus for numerous purchasers.
  • A few buyers were pleased that this shoe looks exactly as it is advertised in the photos.
  • Some were satisfied with the arch support that this shoe provides.
  • Some commented that this is the best pair of shoes they’ve bought in a long time.
  • Several users noted that they get lots of compliments when they wear this shoe.
  • A number of purchasers liked that there is a plenty of room in this shoe’s toe box.

6 reasons not to buy

  • There were several comments saying that the Adidas Superstar is hard to acquire as their sizes are usually sold out.
  • The majority of the reviewers said that this shoe runs about a half or a full size bigger. They recommend getting this shoe in a smaller size than the usual.
  • Although many buyers were satisfied with their purchase, those who have been wearing Superstars ever since were disappointed that the quality seemed to have declined over the years.
  • Some were not pleased with the minor design tweaks on the reissue version, like the gold “Superstar” branding and the thinner shoelaces.
  • Some buyers did not like that the synthetic leather gets easily creased.
  • A few buyers remarked that this shoe is really stiff at first, but setting the shoelaces a bit loose will do the trick.

Bottom line

The Adidas Superstar is truly an iconic classic loved by many sneaker fans and casual consumers of all ages. It is well-loved for its timeless design that basically goes well with any outfit, not to mention its comfort and affordable price. Probably one of the most hyped and most ubiquitous sneakers to date, some find difficulty in acquiring a pair as their sizes are usually sold out. Overall, the majority was satisfied with this classic, but some noted that its quality seemed to have declined over the years. This shoe runs big, so it is recommended to get this a half or a full size smaller than the normal size.

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Expert Reviews

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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.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.