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Base model: Adidas Superstar
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Superstar

Verdict from 7 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Adidas Superstar Cleats are comfortable and need no breaking in, plenty of users reported.
  • According to some purchasers, these are lightweight despite being cleaties.
  • The leather fabric used for Adidas Originals’ Superstar Cleats has an amazing quality, several stated, and the shoes are well-made.
  • Adidas Superstar Cleats are perfect shoes for the winter because they’re so warm, a handful of individuals noted.
  • These mid-cut sneakers are so stylish that a good number of reviewers claimed they got plenty of compliments whenever they put these on their feet.
  • A few consumers thought that the colorways of these sneakers from the Adidas Originals range were “fabulous.”
  • The mid-top kicks are quite easy to clean, a couple of customers reported.
  • The fit (width) is not too tight nor too wide, a small number of testers commented.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to many reviews, Adidas Superstar Cleats run long. 
  • The tongue shifts, one buyer noted.

Bottom line

Superstar Cleats are a fun and certainly stylish new take on that old iconic silhouette, the Superstar. As one user put it, “Adidas always surprises when it comes to innovations and trends.” And many agree.

In fact, wearing these are almost a guarantee that compliments will come your way. The shoes are obviously well-constructed using a premium kind of leather. And despite the cleatie style, the shoes are so lightweight that they feel like a part of the feet once they’re on. 

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Adidas Superstar Cleats are sold in women’s sizes which range from 5 to 11. The sizing is a bit long, so buyers are advised to size down by at least half, although the width is spot on. 

The mid-cut construction gives the ankles additional support. The sneakers have a lace-up front with extra long laces to wrap around the shoes. 

Adidas reimagined the classic b-ball trainer as a winter-ready combat cleat with a herringbone pattern tread for grip. The resulting design is part retro and many parts street. Adidas Superstar Cleats come in black and white, ash-pearl, all-black, all-white, and cardboard and white colorways. The rich tones are beautiful and when combined with the leather uppers, quite striking. 

You can wear these shoes and still look quite feminine. Pair with an asymmetrical skirt, a fitted top, and top off with a leather jacket for an edgy, chic look. Or you can replace the skirt with warm leggings, and change the fitted top to a long shirt. Don’t remove the leather jacket.

For a more casual ensemble, wear these cleats with blue jeans and a colorful knitted sweater.

No tech features for these shoes, but who needs them when you’re already assured of comfort and tons of style? The combat cleat take on the Superstar model looks edgy chic, but the full-grain leather uppers elevate the shoes into something more by bestowing a certain expensive aura (though they’re far from being pricey) and elegant vibe.

The Superstars started life in 1969 as basketball trainers. They were initially released as low-top versions of the Adidas brand’s Pro Model shoes, but they achieved such popularity that they quickly surpassed the latter. 

One fan of the shell-toe design and leather uppers is legendary basketball player, Kareem Abdul Jabbar. The top NBA scorer never wore anything but Superstars on the court. And because of his charismatic and dominant personality, fans of the game and of Kareem became fans of the shoes too.

Pretty soon, the sneakers made their transition from on the court to off it. Hip-hop group Run D.M.C. took them up next and made the Superstars into their signature footwear. It became customary to see them wear their Superstar sneakers with the tongues pushed out and laces untied. They even wrote a song about the shoes called “My Adidas.

The rise of hip-hop and the push made by Run D.M.C. turned Adidas Superstars into casual kicks rather than athletic footwear. The shoes’ ability to adapt to different cultures and their undiminishing stature in the sneaker world for generations have also made them into legit classics.

While the Superstar silhouette remains in production today, it has undergone various Superstar reimaginings throughout the years leading to the production of dozens of iterations such as the Superstar Foundations, Superstar 2s, and lately, Superstar Cleats. 

  • Adidas Superstar Cleats contain glossy tongue logos, soft synthetic linings, rubber outsoles, and lightweight EVA midsoles.

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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.

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