Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most shoe users deem the Adidas Ultrastar 80s to be a very comfortable shoe.
  • Numerous customers commended the shoe's well-made construction and materials.
  • The shoe is offered in various colorways, from neutrals to vibrant hues.
  • A significant number of shoe users admired these sneakers' stylish design, especially the shell toe that maintains the 80's nostalgic vibe.
  • Majority of the wearers found this kick to be true to size.
  • Introduced at $110, several buyers find the Ultrastar 80s from Adidas to be a great product with excellent value for money.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few online shoppers said that the shoe’s colors looked different in person.
  • Some consumers claim that the kick runs smaller than expected.

Bottom line

An offspring of one of the brand's most iconic shoes, the Adidas Ultrastar 80s is everything the Superstar is but with more attitude. It maintained its older sibling's time-tested silhouette along with the subtle updates it received in the 80s such as oversized Trefoil logos, bulkier profile, and textured heel counter and side stripes.

Although this reissued kick did not undergo any alteration, many still favor it for its versatility, retro good looks, durability, affordability, and cultural significance.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Adidas Originals
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Blue, White
Size
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Rankings

A top 10% best sneaker
A top rated Adidas sneaker
It has never been more popular than this April

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This sneaker's thickly padded collar coupled with its premium leather upper provides a sturdier upper that envelops your feet securely. However, some reviewers feel that the construction fit smaller than expected.

This unisex low-top sneaker comes with a sizing bracket that extends from men's 6.5 to 11.5. Ladies who fancy a pair should go one size down from their normal shoe size.

The Adidas Ultrastar 80s has returned to deliver the nostalgic vibes of the 80's sneaker culture. Sticking with the time-tested silhouette of the Superstar, the Ultrastar 80s added subtle details to set it apart from its ancestor and display more character and style. More prominent Trefoil logos decorate the Ultrastar's tongue and heel while textures were added on the heel patch and Three-stripe logo, which embodies the 80's with oversized and texturized aesthetic.

Its plain upper is topped with the signature shell toecap that provides a distinct sporty vibe to the sneaker. The shoe's classic design could be paired with any casual wear, from jeans to shorts and khaki pants. Ladies can add a more feminine touch by opting for dresses or skirts.

Although very much alike to its older sibling, the Adidas Ultrastar 80s' off-white midsole and shell toe create a subtle contrast that adds to the vintage 80s effect. Apart from this, the geometrically patterned heel patch and Three-stripe logo and oversized logos are also reminiscent of the 80's style trends.

Before bulky, high-top shoes were the norm in basketball courts, streamlined sneakers were the standard. One basketball shoe that remains popular up to today is the Adidas Superstar. It captured everyone's attention on the basketball court for its all leather upper, distinct rubber shell toe and low-top profile, which at that time is considered to be unprecedented and innovative.

Released in 1969, the Superstar shoes eventually grew so popular that nearly 75% of the basketball players were rocking it and sooner or later adopted by the streets. A whole different audience took notice thanks to the hip-hop legends Run D.M.C. The rappers were so captivated by the Three-stripe classic that they made a song all about the kick and wore it in their concerts. The hip-hop trio helped boost the shoe's fame and introduced it in a whole new light.

Adidas offered Run D.M.C with an endorsement deal, and their own signature shoe called the Adidas Ultrastar 80s. The Run D.M.C. shoe was released in 1988 and used the Superstar's DNA as the base with a few subtle updates. Oversized logos were placed on the shoe's tongue, and heel counter and textures graced the heel patch and Three-stripe logo.

  • The collaboration between Run D.M.C and Adidas set a precedent for rapper and brand partnerships.
  • The shoe is available in Medium width.
  • Perforation detailings are placed between the stripes in the Three-stripe logo for ventilation.

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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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