Size and fit

The Adidas Superstar 80s Decon comes in men’s and women’s sizes ranging from 5-14 and 5-10.5 respectively. These have half size selections to give a more extensive option. Generally, users claim that these are slightly bigger than their usual size. Therefore, it is recommended to go down half a size when purchasing a pair. Just like the original Superstar, the Decon Pack comes with traditional lace-up closure for a more secure fit.  

Adidas Superstar 80s Decon Style

The Adidas Superstar 80s Decon gets a fashion transformation overhauling the iconic shell-toed silhouette into a more deconstructed look. It dons a more minimalist and simple design, stripping everything off to the basic. It incorporates a one-piece wraparound leather base and a laser-etched three-stripe branding and shell toe.

These sneakers, because of its uncomplicated style, can match almost any outfit and can effortlessly take an ensemble from day to night. Those who interpret fashion differently can get a lot of use from these sneakers. It doesn’t clash even the boldest outfits, and it can easily match basic shirts and jeans.

Notable Features

Conceptualized with basketball in mind, the Adidas Superstar proves that it withstood the test of time despite its simple silhouette. Now refashioned into a more modern design, these sneakers get an unlined one-layer leather upper. It makes the shoe more comfortable and softer right off the bat. More so, this carries the deconstructed look with the laser-etched details on the shoes’ Three Stripes and Trefoil logo. More so, the shell toe cap, the Superstar line's signature detail, is maintained on the upper as well.

Adidas Superstar 80s Decon History

Released in 1969, the Adidas Superstar was introduced as a pro-model basketball trainer with a low-top silhouette. The sneaker was the first to have a unique protective rubber toe cap called “shell toe,” and an all leather upper. This exceptional design captivated the attention of famous basketball player, Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

By 1980s, about the time when the sneakers were about to fizzle, the Superstar again captured the attention of the masses as the rap group from Queens, New York, Run D.M.C. paid tribute to their choice of footwear. Their release of the song  “My Adidas” became the mark of the sneakers' leap to the hip-hop industry. It escalated and turned the sneaker into the street fashion choice when the band oddly wore the trainers sans laces and tongues pushed out.

The shoe became an icon as it was able to enter the arenas of music, fashion, and sports. Despite its simple silhouette that may seem to get quickly drowned with all the footwear innovations, the Superstar lived up to its name and created a significant impact on today’s sneaker culture. Currently, it became a line with series of successful releases and collaborations, proving that the sneaker is more than just a basketball trainer.

Additional Info

  • The rubber outsole of the Adidas Superstar 80s Decon features a herringbone pattern to provide more traction and grip.
  • These sneakers come in men’s and women’s versions with two colorways each.


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