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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A large number of reviewers were satisfied with the Superstar 80s Primeknit’s sock-like yet supportive construction.
  • Many felt really comfortable wearing the shoes.
  • The shoe’s unique yet not too flashy look and vibrant color scheme made heads turn, a lot of the users commented.
  • The sneaker goes well with various types of clothing, several wearers advised.
  • The shoe is a good value for money, more than a handful remarked.
  • The Adidas Superstar 80s Primeknit’s color, size and shape are true to what is advertised online, a few buyers mentioned.
  • The majority of the reviewers were pleased with the quality materials used on the shoe’s upper and sole.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The thin shoe laces don’t go well with the sneaker, one wearer noticed.
  • The Superstar 80s Primeknit’s toe box is a bit too narrow, a few users complained.
  • Some buyers advised that the size of this version is a bit larger compared to the previous Superstar model, which has a leather upper.
  • The shoe’s rubber toe cap rubbed on the foot while you walk, a wearer observed.
  • Less than a handful considered the shoe’s actual color to be different from what is displayed online.

Bottom line

The iconic Superstar, which made waves back in the 1970s, is here to prove once again that some classics never fade and are made to stay.

For the past 45 years, this crowd favorite has undergone various transformations. However, this time, the brand made a favorable decision of applying the innovative Primeknit upper to the Superstar's recognizable silhouette. This fusion boosted the already famous sneaker’s popularity. Not only is it known for its good looks, but it now boasts as well of enhanced comfort.

Since its release, the Superstar 80s Primeknit continues to earn rave reviews. Many consider the sneaker as good value for money despite being slightly expensive.   


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4.6 / 5 based on 519 ratings

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Adidas Superstar 80s Primeknit History

Originally created as a basketball trainer in 1969, the Superstar became a street fashion trend in 1986 when the then popular hip-hop group Run DMC released their song entitled “my Adidas”. Since then, this shell-toed classic has been introduced in various versions. Collaborations were also released to pay homage to this well-liked vintage shoe.

Recently, however, this well-known silhouette was revived with a single-piece Primeknit upper. Shortly after, the Superstar 80s Primeknit became one of the most sought-after summer shoes, admired for its unique and laid back look.

It is notable that this iteration is only among the many recent versions recently released by the brand. Other models introduced include the Superstar 80s Decon and Superstar Boost.

Adidas Superstar 80s Primeknit Style

Expect to receive lots of compliments from friends, family as well as strangers when you wear this recognizable sneaker. The Adidas Superstar 80s Primeknit’s unusual yet modern and attractive upper made it possible for people to get noticed without the need to look glitzy and loud.

In addition, the breathable and adaptive sock-like upper on this low-top shoe gives the wearer all day comfort, thereby making it a perfect option for everyday wear. This sneaker goes well with a variety of casual clothing which includes jeans, shorts, sweatpants and skirts.

Fit & Sizing

The Superstar 80s Primeknit, with its silhouette rooted from a basketball shoe, promises to provide adequate support despite its soft and flexible upper.

The sneaker generally runs true to its size. Men’s models are offered in sizes 4-14 while women’s versions are available in sizes 5-11.

Notable Features

Aside from the shoe’s stunning Primeknit upper which features Adidas’ three stripes embedded on the sides, loyal followers of the brand would instinctively notice the sneaker for its familiar rubber shell toe cap.

The Superstar 80s Primeknit is also recognized for its stitched-on rubber outsole. The herringbone pattern on the outsole gives the shoes its improved traction.

Additional Info

  • The sneaker’s ortholite insoles wick away moisture, thereby reducing the shoe’s odor. This technology also provides the shoe with long-lasting cushioning.
  • The shoe’s collar is padded for added comfort.
  • Other distinguishable features are the Superstar 80s Primeknit’s leather lining, which adds an elegant look to the sneaker as well as the old school trefoil logo found on the tongue of the shoe.
  • For the Womens Originals, three versions have been introduced. The earliest version had a white upper with white stripes and a solar pink heel tab. Another model featured semi flash orange stripes and a heel tab on a white upper speckled with burgundy flecks.
  • The recent version’s upper was also white with gray flecks and a black heel tab and stripes. This one is customizable, allowing consumers to personalize the kicks with an uptick in the price.
  • A multicolored edition was also released in 3 colorways namely black, gray and white. All 3 versions had rainbow colored flecks scattered all over the shoe’s upper. This came in men’s sizing, however, the design is great for both genders.