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We spent 7.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Majority of those who bought the shoes commented that the use of Technicolor and 1980s pop art in the overall design really helped in making the Superstar trendier and fashionable.
  • A significant number of commenters claimed the good mix of cold padding and synthetic materials in the midsole makes the shoe comfortable for walking and running errands.
  • Several users like the Asian symbols prints chosen as accents in the Superstar because it created new futuristic looks on the classic retro sneaker.
  • A good number of wearers find the textile material cooler than the original’s full leather upper.
  • Several users of these lifestyle sneakers claimed the vivid colors and cooler upper material makes this shoe perfect for the spring and summer seasons.
  • Styling the shoes with jeans or shorts is easy and suitable for the tastes of younger sneaker fans, a few bloggers posted.
  • Some style experts noted how versatile the designs are for blending with a variety of outfits that despite its bursting colors, it doesn’t overpower one’s clothing.
  • A few users liked that despite the major inclusion of colors, the shell toe remains untouched keeping the Superstar look intact.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some comments noted that the Adidas Superstar 80s Rita Ora is a tad larger for their size.
  • A few customers are disappointed at the thin textile material and the prints which for them does not meet their expectations.
  • A commenter finds the $140 price tag a little bit costly for few features and the quality of the material used in the sneakers.

Bottom line

Perfect for the spring and summer months, the Adidas Superstar 80s Rita Ora comes with a fresh take on the iconic Superstar with a dash of pop art graphics, futuristic colors, and Asian symbology in this shoe. The Adidas Superstar 80s Rita Ora comes in a woven textile that serves as a canvas for the pop art that resembled the colorful comics of the 1980s. The shoe is awesomely finished with the easily recognizable three-stripes and the shell toe design of the brand’s most popular casual sneaker.



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Adidas Superstar 80s Rita Ora History

German brand Adidas has long been at the forefront of shoe design for over 60 years. Ever since the shoe company was founded by Adi Dassler on August 18, 1949, it has been churning out performance shoes that have been the talk of the town.

Among its earliest shoe designs and probably its most successful one is the Adidas Superstar.  First released in 1969, the Superstar was intended to be a basketball shoe with its full-leather upper and shell toe design that has won for the brand legions of fans.

Early patrons were basketball players from the NCAA and the NBA. Collegiate teams have also been wearing pairs of the Superstar during games. In professional basketball at one point, 75 percent of the players in the NBA are wearing the shoe including legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Aside from being a basketball shoe, the superstar has also been popular among those loving the hip-hop culture in the 1980s.  Just when the Adidas Superstar’s sales declined with the proliferation of Air Jordans and other basketball sneakers, Hip-hop legends Run D.M.C. revived the shoe by kicking them in their concerts. The brand was even featured in one of the group’s songs entitled “My Adidas.”

But moving forward, close to 50 years since its first release of the iconic shoes, the Adidas Superstar seems to have a resurgence of its popularity when the classic shoes have gained a following with the sneaker generation. This newfound popularity prompted the German brand through Adidas Originals to make reissues of the iconic shoe by coming up with new materials, collaborations, designs and color schemes but still retaining the iconic silhouette of the Superstar.

In 2015, among the popular collaborations that transpired with Adidas was the collaboration with British singer and actress Rita Ora. Known for her fun personality and unique fashion sense, Ora, and the brand’s designers came out with a collection that involved pop art, Asian symbols, and futuristic X-rays. With bold Technicolor and leaning its design towards that of the 1980s, the classic sneaker is a standout among the crowd with its vibrant colors and playful design.

Adidas Superstar 80s Rita Ora Style

Some 1980s fashion in the pop art graphic, futuristic hits on the colorway, and Asian symbolism mixed with X-rays are an eclectic mix of design elements for the iconic Adidas Superstar that works. All these aesthetic elements portray aptly the fun and playful character of British singer and actress Rita Ora. The British pop star, after all, is a fashion icon known for her unique sense of artistry that is best displayed in her hair, makeup, clothes, bags, and even shoes. The result of the collaboration between Adidas and Rita Ora is street-style footwear meant to be the worn during the spring and summer months with its vibrant colorways and breathable textile upper.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Superstar 80s Rita Ora runs true to size in medium-D or B width. The shoe is kept secure by traditional flat lacing. Shoe size ranges from US size 6.5 to 13 and US size 5 to 11.5 for women.

Notable Features

While the iconic Superstar update still has its recognizable shell-toe and three-stripes, the most notable feature of the Adidas Superstar 80s Rita Ora seems to be its Technicolor pop art graphic, Asian symbology and X-ray designs that basically cover much of the woven textile. All these design elements make this variation very stylish and trendy with its premium leather material and solid rubber sole that has been the trademark of this iconic shoe.

Additional Info

  • The Adidas Superstar 80s Rita Ora comes in a contrast heel patch and back strap.
  • This retro lifestyle sneaker has a 1-centimeter heel for added shoe elevation.