Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Superstar 80s Decon is the perfect everyday shoe suited for long walks without experiencing pain, said a handful of testers.
  • A significant number of users acclaims these sneakers’ comfort.
  • One purchaser commends the personalization feature of the shoe.
  • Several consumers note that these trainers look amazing on feet.
  • The quality of the sneakers is exemplary said numerous commenters.
  • The Decon version, which features a one-piece leather base, is an excellent accent as what is seen on the outside is the same material on the inside. Testers love that no additional padding was used, making the sneakers more comfortable.
  • A significant number of testers specifically mentioned how lightweight these sneakers are.
  • These sneakers carry a silhouette that looks more of a shoe than a trainer, making it posh and stylish, which appeals most of the online commenters.
  • A small number of testers were pleased with the modern interpretation of the iconic design of the Adidas Superstar.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of commenters note that the Superstar 80s Decon lacks heel support.
  • The shell toe doesn’t appeal one user as it looks like it has only been drawn on.
  • One user is disappointed that these sneakers seem cheap.
  • The laces take time and effort to put on, as complained by one purchaser.

Bottom line

The Adidas Superstar 80s Decon is the brand's modern reinterpretation of its iconic silhouette. Despite the deconstructed look, its style remains sleek, primarily because of its unlined leather upper. More so, because it comes in a one-piece material, it makes the shoe more lightweight and more comfortable to wear. For anyone who is on the hunt for a simple yet eye-catching shoe can consider the Decon Pack.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Superstar
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Superstar
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, White
Special editions: 34 special editions
Size
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Adidas sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this April

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.  

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.

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.

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.

  • 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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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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