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Offered in men's sizes, the Adidas Superstar 80s City Series comes in measurements ranging from 4-14.5. Half sizes are available to achieve the optimal fit. Women planning to get these sneakers can simply go 1.5 sizes down their usual.

As the upper is composed of full suede, it can be expected that these shoes provide a comfortable and supportive fit. The rubber toe box provides extra wiggle room, and its low-top silhouette maximizes freedom on the ankles.

These basketball-turned-lifestyle sneakers sported a leather upper which made it unique during its time. For the City Series, the brand gave these a refreshing twist by using a suede material on its upper. The perfect blend of vibrant and monochromatic hues injected on each shoe on the collection gives it a stand out appeal. The black and gray colorway can be taken from work to play, while the red, blue, violet and yellow makes a striking piece in anyone's wardrobe.

Because the low-top profile is preserved on the Adidas Superstar 80s City Series, it can be interpreted in various ways. Any casual outfit can work well with these sneakers. More so, even though it was released as part of a Spring/Summer collection, its versatile colorway can take these shoes throughout each season.

Although the Adidas Superstar has gone through many reiterations, the 80s City Series incorporates many updates but still retaining that famed low-top silhouette. The plush all-suede upper coming in six colorways represent a specific city—New York, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Shanghai, and London. To further depict these renowned sporting cities, a gold-embossed landmark is infused on the heel.

First introduced in 1968, the Adidas Superstar is the first basketball sneaker by the brand to sport a low-top leather-clad silhouette. Its unique appeal captured the attention of professional basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A few years later, the sneaker reached its popularity on-court as reach three-fourths of the NBA players were spotted wearing these.

The Superstar boasts of several features like the Soft Protect Padding, extra-large heel counter, adjustable arch support, and soft leather upper. However, if there is a superstar quality that these sneakers have to boast, it has to be its rubber toe cap, making the shoe more durable by preventing its breakdown from constant stop-and-go movements. Because of this, several monikers were linked to these namely "shell top," "shell shoes," and "shell toes."

What set the sneaker in its Hall of Fame position happened in the 80s when hip-hop trio, RUN D.M.C. released a song called "My Adidas," while sporting the Superstar along with a head-to-toe Adidas outfit. Thanks to the group, the declining sales of the sneakers were revived, and they have also created a movement that introduced sneakers to the hip-hop and streetwear scene.

The regained and heightened popularity of the Superstar resonated until the 90's and 00's, making this a classic reference and an icon. Currently, the legendary sneaker comes in a myriad of designs. One of which is the 80's City Series which celebrates the rich history of certain sporting localities.

  • The Adidas Superstar 80s City Series was originally released on May 28, 2015, as part of their Spring/Summer collection.


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