Verdict from 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Timeless: Adidas Superstar Run-DMC, like most retro sneakers from the brand, comes with a style that doesn’t go out of fashion.
  • Nostalgic: Three Stripes brings back the fat laces, giving this kick a real throwback 80s look.
  • Collector’s item: This Run-DMC sneak is like having history on the feet. The black version bears the portrait of the late Jam Master Jay.  
  • Smooth lining: The leather interior and removable insole give out a silky feel. 
  • Comfy: This shoe is getting a lot of love for its comfortable structure.
  • Neat: It’s one of the much sought-after Adidas sneakers with a cleanly assembled cover.  

4 reasons not to buy

  • Tight-fitting: This sneaker feels snugger than expected. 
  • Tough cover: Its cover feels plasticky and stiff, unlike the flexible genuine leather used in the Superstar 80s.
  • Standard labeling: Diehards wished the Three Stripes used an embossed logo print on this special collaboration shoe. 
  • Limited colors: Fanatics hoped Adidas stretched the color choices for this sneaker.

Bottom line

Whether you’re a Run DMC supporter or not, this Adidas Superstar sneak won’t disappoint in style and comfort. If you’re craving for the 80s old school style, this shoe begs not a second look. Adidas made it even tasteful and sleek using clean lines. It also eliminated excessive padding traditionally found in the Superstars without reducing its supportive and protective benefits. 

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Adidas Superstar Run DMC: An 80’s throwback capsule 

Adidas' and rapper group Run DMC’s histories are interlaced since this Queens-born trio began promoting the brand in 1983. Back then, nobody wore the Superstars without laces and tongues sticking out of the shoe than this hip-hop royalty: Rev Run, DMC, and Jam Master Jay. Simply put, they gave the rubber shell-toe kick a revolutionizing style. True sneakerheads celebrate the Superstar’s impact on the streetwear culture by crediting the Run DMC.

Decades later, the brand came up with a laceless version without any tribute to the rap group. Not too long after, the Adidas Superstar Run DMC surfaces with a splash of throwback elements. 

Adidas Run DMC vs. Adidas Superstar

Flexibility. Adidas Superstar is wrapped in full-grain leather, which becomes flexible through frequent use. The Run DMC’s synthetic leather covering tends to be stiff on day one, but the minimal padding around makes the shoe pliable over time. 

Comfort. With sufficient padding on the tongue, collar, and footbed, the Superstar may feel a bit squishier than the hip-hop royalty’s version. 

Design. Adidas Run DMC is splashed with nostalgic detailing, such as Jam Master Jay’s mugshot on the tongue  (similar to the Stan Smith), fat laces, four extra laces, and Adidas branding on the aglets. 

Value. The special edition Run DMC is a bit costly than the Superstar, but it’s a collector’s piece given the unique details incorporated into its design.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.