Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • One noted that these are incredibly durable and it lasts for years.
  • A couple of reviewers like the detailing on the back which highlights the different cities.
  • The Adidas Superstar 80s City Series is perfect in every way according to a commenter.
  • One purchaser remarked that these are a must-have for Adidas Superstar fans.
  • The style of these sneakers is both classic and trendy.
  • According to one buyer, these are better than what he has expected.
  • A repeat Adidas customer said that the quality of this product is exceptional.
  • A couple of testers are pleased that it is much comfortable than anticipated.

2 reasons not to buy

  • These lifestyle sneakers, as it is made of suede, can be hard to maintain and clean.
  • One of the users had a bad experience of fading of color when scrubbing the upper.

Bottom line

Although the Adidas has reinterpreted the Superstar in various ways, the 80s City Series proves that this legendary sneaker can still wow the crowd. The fusion of the familiar silhouette with new material on the upper and unique designs that portray the landmark of each city makes these fashionable but still timeless.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Superstar 80s
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Superstar
Price: $100
Colorways: Black, Blue, Red
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Offered in men's sizes, the Adidas Superstar 80s City Series comes in measurements ranging from 4-14.5. Half sizes are available to achieve the optimal fit. Women planning to get these sneakers can simply go 1.5 sizes down their usual.

As the upper is composed of full suede, it can be expected that these shoes provide a comfortable and supportive fit. The rubber toe box provides extra wiggle room, and its low-top silhouette maximizes freedom on the ankles.

These basketball-turned-lifestyle sneakers sported a leather upper which made it unique during its time. For the City Series, the brand gave these a refreshing twist by using a suede material on its upper. The perfect blend of vibrant and monochromatic hues injected on each shoe on the collection gives it a stand out appeal. The black and gray colorway can be taken from work to play, while the red, blue, violet and yellow makes a striking piece in anyone's wardrobe.

Because the low-top profile is preserved on the Adidas Superstar 80s City Series, it can be interpreted in various ways. Any casual outfit can work well with these sneakers. More so, even though it was released as part of a Spring/Summer collection, its versatile colorway can take these shoes throughout each season.

Although the Adidas Superstar has gone through many reiterations, the 80s City Series incorporates many updates but still retaining that famed low-top silhouette. The plush all-suede upper coming in six colorways represent a specific city—New York, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Shanghai, and London. To further depict these renowned sporting cities, a gold-embossed landmark is infused on the heel.

First introduced in 1968, the Adidas Superstar is the first basketball sneaker by the brand to sport a low-top leather-clad silhouette. Its unique appeal captured the attention of professional basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A few years later, the sneaker reached its popularity on-court as reach three-fourths of the NBA players were spotted wearing these.

The Superstar boasts of several features like the Soft Protect Padding, extra-large heel counter, adjustable arch support, and soft leather upper. However, if there is a superstar quality that these sneakers have to boast, it has to be its rubber toe cap, making the shoe more durable by preventing its breakdown from constant stop-and-go movements. Because of this, several monikers were linked to these namely "shell top," "shell shoes," and "shell toes."

What set the sneaker in its Hall of Fame position happened in the 80s when hip-hop trio, RUN D.M.C. released a song called "My Adidas," while sporting the Superstar along with a head-to-toe Adidas outfit. Thanks to the group, the declining sales of the sneakers were revived, and they have also created a movement that introduced sneakers to the hip-hop and streetwear scene.

The regained and heightened popularity of the Superstar resonated until the 90's and 00's, making this a classic reference and an icon. Currently, the legendary sneaker comes in a myriad of designs. One of which is the 80's City Series which celebrates the rich history of certain sporting localities.

  • The Adidas Superstar 80s City Series was originally released on May 28, 2015, as part of their Spring/Summer collection.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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