Who should buy the Adidas Samba OG FT 

This Adidas sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with OrthoLite sockliner for in-step cushioning
  • You are after a sneaker with excellent quality construction for everyday use

Adidas Samba OG FT logo

Size and fit

Adidas men’s sizes are the standard Samba OG FT measurement. Although a unisex model, the shoe is solely available in men’s sizing. Ladies who fancy a pair should go one or one and a half sizes down from their usual shoe size.

Adidas Samba OG FT midsole

For example, you shop a size 9 in the women’s section, then you would have to get a size 8 or 7.5 every time you purchase from the men’s category. Moreover, this low-top kick utilizes the traditional lace-up system that provides an adjustable fit.

Style of the Adidas Samba OG FT 

Displaying the Samba’s well-loved original silhouette, the Samba OG FT under the retro-styled Adidas Originals line exude a sophisticated style brought about by its monochromatic colorways and premium materials. The combination of several textiles of the upper and zigzag stitching details provide stylish textures that amp up the shoe’s overall aesthetic.

Adidas Samba OG FT laces

This sneaker’s straightforward design offers versatility and timelessness that withstood different trends and could easily be paired with a myriad of outfits. The ladies can complement this sleek sporty kicks by matching it with an equally laidback yet stylish pair of high-waisted jeans topped off with a pastel T-shirt or keep feeling cool and breezy during summer by opting for dresses in any length.

Adidas Samba OG FT toebox

Additionally, men’s outfits work well with Adidas Samba OG FT too. Opt for cropped chino trousers and overall printed button-down tees for that stylish surfer look or go with walking shorts and a simple T-shirt for a chill day spent with friends. Consumers could also play around with color matching through their outfit as the Samba OG FT is available in neutral hues.

Adidas Samba OG FT outsole

Notable Features

Many consumers initially covet the Samba OG FT for its versatile and iconic aesthetic alone but what keeps them hooked are the shoe’s premium materials and unique design updates. This pair’s upper is crafted from a combination of several materials: the base is crafted from high-quality full-grain leather while the T-toe overlay is made of Nubuck and the Three Stripe branding and heel counter are made of suede.

Adidas Samba OG FT front laces

Purchasers also praised the zigzag stitch detailing as, according to them, adds an interesting twist on the classic silhouette.

History of the Adidas Samba OG FT 

Before lovers of Adidas retro sneakers got to obsess over reissued models and before being proclaimed as the second best-selling Three Stripes model (next to the Stan Smith), the Adidas Samba went through many alterations that changed along with the trends of different times.

Adidas Samba OG FT heel

Consumers were drawn to it and couldn’t get enough of the versatile kick as they wore it to work and almost everywhere imaginable. But how and when did the Samba come into being?

  The Dawn of the Samba

As odd as it may sound the shoe was developed during a turbulent time in Adidas’ history. After a tumultuous fight, siblings Adi and Rudolf Dassler who once managed Adidas (then called the Gebruder Dassler Sportschuhfabrik) together had to go their separate ways. Adi stayed and developed the brand to what we know today as Adidas and Rudolf created Puma - another powerhouse in sports brands. Within the feuds, the Adidas Samba had somehow been created.

Adidas Samba OG FT side collar

Designed to withstand the strenuous nature of soccer and protect the wearer’s feet from the elements of dry, icy grounds of winter, the Samba became coveted for its ability to perform. Upon its debut in 1950, the shoe was initially outfitted with a kangaroo leather upper for durability and comfort and gum rubber outsole for grip.

Adidas Samba OG FT insole

Apart from its superb functionality, most consumers praised the shoe for its simple, versatile and retro aesthetic. This is also the same reason why the Samba successfully captured the hearts of non-soccer players crossing over onto the lifestyle footwear section dominating it for decades and championing soccer-inspired casual sneakers.

  Increase in popularity and iterations

The years following its introduction had shown the consistent rise of the Adidas Samba, as celebrities and famous personalities were seen strutting around with this kick. The shoe quickly rose as a staple for stylishly hip people that exude sleek yet bold personalities. One of the first personalities to be spotted with this kick on is Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. Not long after the Samba frenzy caught other British music collectives such as Arctic Monkeys and Oasis.

Adidas Samba OG FT back

The infatuation for the once performance soccer shoe had just caught on throughout the decades and remains thriving until today. Celebrity spotting and appearances in movies and TV shows have greatly contributed to the shoe’s unceasing popularity. What’s more, is the brand’s consistent reissue of the Samba in countless versions to provide the market with every option possible without compromising the original iconic design.

Adidas Samba OG FT collar

The Adidas Samba OG FT is merely one of the bounteous iterations of the soccer shoe. It boasts of premium quality materials, unique colorway options, and unprecedented zigzag stitching details on the Three Stripe logos and T-toe overlay. These updates, although minor, offer Samba fans an interesting and fresh addition to their collection.

Consumers can cop the Adidas Samba OG FT trainers in the Crystal White or Night Cargo colorways.

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Additional Info

  • This sneaker features OrthoLite sock liners for in-step cushioning, comfort and odor eliminator.
  • The Adidas Samba OG FT’s upper sits atop gum rubber cupsoles that provide excellent comfort and durable traction.
  • Slightly padded collar provides added cushioning and comfort.
  • Gold branding graces the kick’s tongue and lateral side callouts adding an elegant and luxurious flair to the shoe.
  • Lace loops are placed on the tongue to help keep it from sliding out of place.
  • Official colorway names of this shoe are called the Crystal White / Raw White / Gold Metallic and Night Cargo / Gold Metallic.
  • Other celebrities who were seen rocking a pair of Sambas are Kendall Jenner, Katie Holmes. Ashton Kutcher, Eddy Murphy, and Julia Stiles.
  • The Samba is the Adidas’ longest running classic sneaker that remains in production.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Adidas Samba OG
Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Football
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Samba
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, EVA, OrthoLite

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Danny McLoughlin
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.