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9 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers love this low top sneaker for its padded footbed that makes it ideal footwear for casual walks.
  • Some customers claimed the metal toe is an effective accent that sparked new interest in the classic shoe.
  • Several buyers claimed the metal shell toe accents with the metallic hits of the shoelace tips are very stylish and fashionable but not overpowering the classic appeal of the shoe.
  • A good number of customers like that the shoe remains comfortable and has not changed a bit in terms of good cushioning over the years.
  • Several users of the Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe like the quality leather material used in the upper as it doesn’t easily crease.
  • A few critics like that the attention is focused on the metal toe as other details in the shoe are
  • A couple of users said the shoe is easy to clean and wipe from dust and dirt.
  • Quite a lot of customers noted how comfortable and cushiony is the textile lining inside the shoe that makes this sneaker as a great all-day shoe.
  • The Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe is great if you want to make a fashion statement out of your shoes, says one fashion blogger.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some noticed that the stitching connecting the metal toe to the upper easily gets worn out.
  • A few observers noted that the Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe is a little bit narrow.
  • Some users claimed the metal toe gets scratched easily on heavy walking use.

Bottom line

The Adidas Superstar had several makeover treatments in recent years but the metallic clamshell toe version ups the ante from the legions of fans of this iconic sneaker. The monochromatic colorways of black and white have been retained with the equally recognizable three-stripe logo, other design elements such as the metallic toe and embossed metallic logo heel counter and details give a new spunk to this retro kicks.

For its $110 price tag, the Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe is a great buy for those who want to cop quality retro sneakers that stand out in the crowd.


Base model: Adidas Superstar
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Superstar
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Grey, Pink, White
Special editions: 34 special editions
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Equipped with a lace-up front and padded footbed cushioning, the Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe fairly runs true to size. It is available in sizes for men and women with a Medium -D or B width. Sizes for men range from US size 4 to 13 and size 4 to 11.5 for women.

Wearing the flashy metal clamshell toe sneakers adds a perfect accent to any person’s outfit of the day.  The Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe have all the regular inclusions of this classic sneaker from the full leather upper and a three-stripe branding that have started to trend among hip-hop and street style fashion circles in the 1980s.

The retro sneakers popularity makes this an easy choice in terms of footwear during casual walks and regular day to day activities. It also invokes nostalgia among its avid followers since the 1980s when it was embraced as an iconic sneaker by the hip-hop community. The shoe comes prepared with a padded footbed making this shoe prepared for various seasons while the rubber outsole doesn’t wear off easily so you can effortlessly strut on it in the streets in style for a lot of miles.

The main feature of this rendition of the classic sneaker is its metal toe finish. The clamshell toe design gives the Superstar an added spark and flashy treatment that stand out in the crowd. Aside from this, the shoe Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe has been consistent in retaining it's comfortable cushioning in the midsole and the good grip and traction of the rubber outsole that has made it a legendary shoe in the basketball court during its early years.

German-based shoemaker Adidas has gone a long way regarding sneaker production. With iconic shoes such as the Adidas Superstar, the shoe company from Herzogenaurach town has produced through the years iconic sneakers since the time that it was established by Adolph “Adi” Dassler on August 18, 1949.

It would be two decades later, in 1969, that the brand will begin to release one of its most iconic and popular shoes, the Adidas Superstar.

Before bulky basketball shoes were the norm, sleek and light sneakers are the norm inside the ball court. Shoes like the Superstar were getting noticed on the court for the innovative use of leather upper, a rubber shell toe and low top construction, which at that time is already considered an innovation in basketball footwear.

When the Adidas Superstar was launched in 1969, both players from the NCAA and the NBA began to take notice of the slim basketball shoe with that noticeable three-stripe branding. At some point, the popularity of the Superstar was undeniable that some 75 percent of players wearing basketball shoes were produced by the brand.

With its rubber toe feature and full leather upper, it was one of the most durable and stable shoes at the time. Big stars that include NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have donned the Superstar on the court. But a few years since its popularity in the court has died down, the shoe has gained a following among the hip-hop loving audience.

Hip-hop stars Run D.M.C.has really helped a lot in capturing this whole new audience. Wearing Adidas Superstars in concert and featuring the brand in their songs including the classic hit “My Adidas” have placed the Superstar in the consciousness of hip-hop fans.

It is amusing to note, however, that Adidas only recognized that the brand has been receiving interest in the hip-hop circles when one of the multi-billion dollar brand’s employees attended a jam-packed concert of Run D.M.C. where a pair of Superstars were flashed to the audience. Seeing this as an opportunity, Adidas offered Run D.M.C. an endorsement deal and the rest is history.

More than 45 years after the Superstar Adidas re-issued the Superstar 80s Metal Toe as a retro lifestyle shoe commemorating the shoes’ popularity in the 1980s under the Adidas Originals line. Treatment of the full leather material of shoes has also been stressed legally by medical professionals.

  • This retro lifestyle sneaker has a 1-centimeter heel for added elevation.
  • Solid rubber sole provides superior grip and traction for this classic sneaker.
  • With a huge popularity, some celebrities have also seen their works such as Kendrick Lamar and Kendall Jenner.


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.