Our verdict


Not only is the Adidas Samba famous for its classic aesthetics, but it is also well-liked for its affordability, durability, and versatility. Despite some minor flaws, its popularity remains unchanged as most choose to focus on the greatness it brings to the table. Part of the Originals collection, the shoe's combination of good looks, performance, and reliable comfort resonates well with many.


  • Simple and clean style
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable in-shoe feel
  • Long-lasting
  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to break-in
  • Solid construction


  • Creates squeaky sounds
  • Tongue slides to the side
  • Insufficient traction
  • Narrow toe box

Who should buy the Adidas Samba

This looker from Adidas is a must-have for:

  • Budget shoe hunters looking for another pair to include in their collection
  • Users looking for an all-rounder kick with reliable durability
  • Buyers searching for a fashionable sneaker that can keep their feet dry in light rain showers. 
  • Sneaker fans who enjoy vintage style

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Who should NOT buy it

  • If footwear that constantly creates screeching sounds irritates you, the Adidas Samba should not be on your feet. Its rubber outsole and leather upper produce a sound that can be irritating to some. 
  • Its narrow construction may offer minimal toe room, which is not favorable for users with wide feet. Check out our wide sneakers collection for alternatives.

Adidas Samba Toebox of black Samba

The incarnation of Adidas Samba

When the Dassler brothers developed a gap within their relationship, their unharmonious split led to the conception of two sportswear powerhouses. Rudolf went on to establish a new firm initially called Ruda while Adi created Adidas in 1949. A few years later, the Adidas Samba was incarnated, surviving the vigorous game of soccer while keeping players’ feet dry and protected from the icy, hard ground during winter.

Adidas Samba Collar of black Samba

This shoe was outfitted with a kangaroo leather upper giving comfort and a gum rubber outsole that provides traction. It also flaunted the famous 3-stripes that provided lateral support.

Adidas Samba circle

Adidas Samba: Simple. Adaptable. Timeless.

An affordable pair of sneakers, the Adidas Samba offers an appealing style that many Adidas fanatics love. Its versatility also wows people, compelling them to use the shoe for other outdoor activities. 

Adidas Samba Laces of black Samba

Despite it taking many forms, the Adidas Samba is hailed by sneakerheads as a must-have. Its multi-faceted quality—may it be for work of some sort or just for casual frolicking around—is quite impressive for many. 

Adidas Samba Heel area of black Samba

From soccer to the streets

This athletic footwear transformed into a casual shoe and became part of popular culture (icons and celebrities flocked to it). Non-celebs, on the other hand, are drawn to its streetwear flair and sleek style.

 Adidas Samba stripes

The Samba's impressive lineage

Quick to meet the needs and demands of their new target market, the brand revamped and altered this model in various materials and colorways, while precisely maintaining the shoe's original look. To date, this Samba kick bears its iconic status. 

Adidas Samba side view of t-toe overlay of black samba

Over 35 million pairs of this shoe have been sold worldwide, making it the second most popular model among Adidas' shoes. Not only that, the sneaker, having been around for more than 65 years, is also the oldest classic model that is still in production.

Adidas Samba lateral back view of Three Stripes