433 users: 4.6 / 5
Base model: Adidas Superstar
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Superstar

Verdict from 6.6 hours of research from the internet

10 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the positive comments expressed satisfaction at the good looks and quality of the low-top shoe.
  • A good number of sneaker fans appreciate that Adidas retained the original silhouette and colorways with this vintage-inspired Superstars.
  • A lot of users commented that the retro sneakers fits perfectly and runs true to size.
  • Some liked the gum rubber sole finish of the Adidas Superstar 80s DLX.
  • Numerous customers have expressed positive comments on the upper leather material that has a premium feel.
  • Several buyers claimed the full leather finish is easy to clean just by wiping off dirt and dust.
  • Gold Trefoil branding details at the tongue and heel tab give a premium look to this sneaker according to some critics.
  • A few online reviewers liked that Adidas focused on the use of premium materials on this shoe instead just adding some flashy details.
  • Vulcanized rubber shell toe doesn’t wear out easily according to some wearers who tested the shoe.
  • A significant number of commenters noted how comfortable the in-shoe feel and the entire cushioning material used for the shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some disliked that the rubber gum sole looked too saturated and orange compared to other gum soles used by the brand on other shoes.
  • A few commenters that the shoe mold seemed a bit wide and does not follow the shape of the foot making them uncomfortable for long walks.
  • The inner lining pulls away from inside of Adidas Superstar 80s DLX when inserting the foot, a couple of users observed.
  • A reviewer claimed the $100 price tag per pair seemed high as it never really showed new innovation or technology to merit such price.

Bottom line

The resurgence in popularity of the Superstar among sneakerheads comes as no surprise. The popular basketball shoe in the 1980s continues to enjoy the fan base from its early cult followers on the streets and hip-hop culture to the modern millennial. Not to be outdone, the recent sneaker boom has also sparked the interest of the younger generation to Adidas Superstar 80s DLX or De Luxe. With a reliable cushioning and solid rubber cup outsole, this retro sneaker is still something worthy of buying.

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The low-top Adidas Superstar 80s DLX runs true to size and is kept secure on the foot by traditional lacing. The shoe is available in men’s and women’s sizes in medium D or B width. Sizes for men range from size 6 to 14 and while women’s sizes start from size 3.5 to 12.

The all-white sneaker frenzy seems to have taken a new following in the younger generation. This growing interest in sneakers in recent years has prompted brands like Adidas to resurrect its popular sneakers in the 1980s such as the Adidas Superstar 80s DLX. Great when paired with jeans, shorts and even short skirts, the versatile all-white sneaker has been a fashion trend of its own.Adding luster to its iconic status are the gold details on the tongue and back heel.

From Hollywood stars to fashion icons, the all-white sneaker craze has upended the shoe industry. As a result of this white retro sneaker fad, other brands have also started to emulate Adidas’ success in reintroducing their popular white kicks that have been a success on the basketball court, the hip-hop scene, and fashion in general.

The premium materials that include full grain leather upper used in this retro sneaker is most notable in the deluxe edition of the Superstar. With a vintage-inspired rubber gum outsole and finished with golden Trefoil label on the tongue and hints of gold on the back heel. The comfortable cushioning has been retained making this former basketball kicks a popular among the hip-hop scene and the younger generation of shoe lovers.

Amid the highs and lows of the German company, Adidas’ legacy in the shoe industry is already etched in stone. With iconic shoes such as the Adidas Superstar 80s DLX, the shoe company from Herzogenaurach has gone a long way from the time the company was established by Adolph “Adi” Dassler on August 18, 1949.

Before bulky basketball shoes were the norm, sleek and street-style sneakers are the norm inside the ball court. Among those that really shone the brightest even up to this day is the Adidas Superstar. Shoes like the Superstar were getting noticed on the court for its all leather upper, rubber shell toe and low top design which at that time is already considered an innovation in basketball footwear.

First designs of the Superstar came out in 1969.  It wasn’t long enough that NBA and NCAA players start to notice the Superstar reaching, at some point, some 75 percent of the players wearing the shoes which at that time features more advanced technology and protection with the rubber shell toe feature. Among the stars donning the Superstar inside the court is NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Over the years, however, it wouldn’t be long for the Superstar to be noticed by a whole new different audience. Just when the Adidas Superstar’s sales decline with the entry of Air Jordans and other basketball shoes, Hip-hop legends Run D.M.C. revived the shoe by wearing them in their concerts and featuring the brand in their songs including the classic hit “My Adidas.”

The only time Adidas recognized that the brand has been receiving interest in the hip-hop scene and streetwear scene was when one of their employees attended a jam-packed concert of the group. The rest, of course, is history. Adidas offered Run D.M.C. an endorsement deal and customized their classic shoe to favor the tastes of its new fandom.

Moving forward more than 45 years since its first release in 1969, the Superstar has released again as the Adidas Superstar 80s DLX in 2016 as a retro lifestyle shoe commemorating the shoes’ popularity in the 1980s under the Adidas Originals line.

  • Adidas Superstar re-issues have been a hit among Hollywood stars and international celebrities with the likes of Randy Jackson, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, have been seen wearing the Adidas Superstar 80s DLX.
  • DLX stands for deluxe in this shoe.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.