Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several people are amazed at the new silhouette of the low-top sneaker especially on the fashionable updated look of the extended tongue and jagged ripple outsole.
  • Numerous fans of the Superstar find this shoe very stylish and could easily elevate one’s outfit and overall look.
  • Several users claimed the shoe is lightweight and great for wearing at casual events.
  • A good number of customers disclosed the good quality of its jagged-edged ripple sole that has an extremely good grip and traction.
  • The shoe is durable despite its odd cuts as disclosed by some buyers.
  • Sneaker fans are happy that Adidas did not change the shell toe design on the upper front as they claimed it is the only remaining detail that showed it is part of the Superstar line.
  • A large number of wearers complimented the leather lining that makes this shoe very cushioned and comfortable.
  • Some comments appreciate the slightly elevated midsole and raised heel.
  • After walking on them for many weeks, some observers said the rippled sole doesn’t slip on slippery surfaces and does not chip or wear out fast.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some users observed small creasing and scuffs after a few weeks of use.
  • A few reviewers claimed the limited edition shoe should have been made available in the US first than in Europe.
  • A customer claimed the eyelet for shoelaces could have been better with metal lining.
  • One critic was disappointed that the ‘Remastered’ look completely altered and veered away from the 1980s vibe and looks of this retro lifestyle sneaker.

Bottom line

The Adidas Superstar 80s Remastered is a modern and edgy take on the classic 1980s sneaker. Featuring jagged rippled rubber sole for superior grip and traction and an oversize tongue for that cutting-edge style, this updated version of the iconic Superstar is a collector’s must-have. Priced at just $110 per pair, this limited edition sneaker might be the highlight of your entire outfit for the day as its eccentric cuts surely make it a standout in the crowd.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Superstar
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Superstar
Price: $110
Colorways: White
Special editions: 35 special editions
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The Adidas Superstar 80s Remastered runs true to size. The sneaker is kept tight by a traditional flat lacing and an oversize tongue. A pull tab at the back is also in place for easy on and off.  The shoe comes in medium-D or B width for men and women. Size ranges from 7 to 13 for men and 4 to 11 for women.

Adidas has long been a style trendsetter. At some point, it has also collaborated with international designers and retailers to come up with limited edition kicks that have gained a lot of following. The same strategy seems to be what prompted the brand to come up with the Adidas Superstar 80s Remastered with its oversize tongue that can be folded and a jagged ripple sole as its main style highlight. The result is a fully accented sneaker that is compatible with pants and even shorts in a more high-end class. The all-white, all-black, and floral designs blend well with different types of clothing and could easily be mixed and matched with other colors.

While the comfortable full leather upper material and durable midsole and outsole of this Superstar seems to be its most notable feature, other elements in its design further outweigh them. These include standout features such as the oversized tongue and the jagged ripple sole. The oversized tongue serves a double purpose as it helps secure the foot while it also serves as a unique accent to the iconic silhouette. The jagged ripple sole, too, has its purpose of looking tough when needed while also providing that unique look for the shoe.

Often called the ‘shell toe,’ the Adidas Superstar is one of the most popular and bestselling sneakers released by German-based brand Adidas since it was established on August 18, 1949.

Adidas Superstar was first released in 1969 as a basketball shoe. Its distinctive three-stripes on the side panel and full leather look have been a successful fixture in the game for several years because of its durability, lightweight, and comfort.

It can be recalled that before those big and bulky basketball shoes were the norm, shoes worn inside the court were sleek, slim and very light. This basketball sneaker then was a favorite among players as it is stylish yet performs well providing the needed foot protection for every game. But what really made players notice the shoe is the clamshell-like rubber placed on the shoe’s forefront. While it serves as an effective aesthetic implement, the shell toe serves the purpose of protecting the feet from steps and bumps often associated when playing the game.

Taking that low top silhouette, several basketball stars including NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has worn these shoes for several times. Soon, after NBA legends had already started loving the shoe, many basketball players in collegiate and university teams from the NCAA and teams from the NBA have started wearing Superstars. At one point, more than half of the basketball players in the NBA have worn Superstars.But the success of the iconic shoe as a basketball sneaker was short-lived that sales of the brand from basketball players and fans dwindled several years later.

When the 1980s came, the Superstars found a whole new audience. The shoes have now entered into a new fan base that includes the basketball playing hip-hop audience. Popular hip-hop group Run D.M.C. began wearing Superstars in their concerts and once made a hit out of the song “My Adidas.”

Over the past years, Adidas has been busy in designing new shoes and collaborating with celebrities and artists to recreate the iconic shoe.  In 2016, Adidas released the Adidas Superstar 80s Remastered that is visually beautiful with its unique and edgy look keeping its design a notch higher than the previous ones.

  • Leather Adidas branding detail at the side panel with gold print gives the limited edition sneaker a premium feel.
  • First copies of the shoes were released in select retailers in the UK and the rest of Europe.

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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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