Who should buy the Adidas Samoa

  • Fans of classic sneakers looking for another pair to add to their collection
  • Buyers who prefer sneakers with day-one comfort
  • Users opting to wear lightweight and durable sneakers daily
  • Financially savvy pips looking for a practical pair to own

Adidas Samoa tongue label

Who should NOT buy it

The Adidas Samoa is known for its poor arch support and cushioning level. Because of this, it is advised not to wear this for an extended period as it may cause you some discomfort.

For a better sneaker experience, grab classic footwear with ample cushioning, like the Adidas LA Trainer, or sneakers with superb arch support like the Superstar.

Adidas Samoa Trefoil logo

Adidas Samoa: Sports-meet-fashion vibe

Trendsetters and fashion influencers began incorporating sports/athletic shoes in everyday casual outfits. The general market followed, eventually giving birth to the "athleisure" trend that is still popular today.

Adidas Samoa laces

One of Adidas's classic pairs that dominate the "athleisure" era is the '80s trainer footwear, Adidas Samoa. This model was re-launched in August 2011 in its "All Originals" campaign, together with other iconic iterations – the Gazelle and the Campus.

Adidas Samoa Samoa collar

A sneaker worn by Kanye West and Sarah Michelle Gellar, Samoa brings street style to the next level with a bit of '80s throwback. Characterized by a leather and suede upper with a noticeable rubber toe bumper, it has a casual yet relaxed look in a wide variety of colorways.

Adidas Samoa three foil rubber outsole

What makes Samoa notable?

Probably the most notable feature of the Adidas Samoa is a rubber toe bumper that is not commonly found in other sneakers ubiquitous on the market today. Featured not only as part of the shoe's design, it functioned for protection and added durability.

The toe box also bears a suede overlay detailing. Another distinctive feature of this shoe is the trefoil pattern on the rubber outsole.

Adidas Samoa t-toe toe box

Samoa through the years

The Samoa shoe remains one of the iconic silhouettes from Adidas up to this day. To some, it is one of the underrated models from the brand, but that perception did not stop it from staying on top.

Several colorways and versions of this model have been released throughout the years. Some Adidas models, like the Iniki Runner, even drew inspiration from the silhouette of this genuinely iconic classic.

Adidas Samoa side view of toe box

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Training
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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