Adidas Superstar Run DMC: An 80’s throwback capsule
Adidas' and rapper group Run DMC’s histories are interlaced since this Queens-born trio began promoting the brand in 1983. Back then, nobody wore the Superstars without laces and tongues sticking out of the shoe than this hip-hop royalty: Rev Run, DMC, and Jam Master Jay. Simply put, they gave the rubber shell-toe kick a revolutionizing style. True sneakerheads celebrate the Superstar’s impact on the streetwear culture by crediting the Run DMC.
Decades later, the brand came up with a laceless version without any tribute to the rap group. Not too long after, the Adidas Superstar Run DMC surfaces with a splash of throwback elements.
Adidas Run DMC vs. Adidas Superstar
Flexibility. Adidas Superstar is wrapped in full-grain leather, which becomes flexible through frequent use. The Run DMC’s synthetic leather covering tends to be stiff on day one, but the minimal padding around makes the shoe pliable over time.
Comfort. With sufficient padding on the tongue, collar, and footbed, the Superstar may feel a bit squishier than the hip-hop royalty’s version.
Design. Adidas Run DMC is splashed with nostalgic detailing, such as Jam Master Jay’s mugshot on the tongue (similar to the Stan Smith), fat laces, four extra laces, and Adidas branding on the aglets.
Value. The special edition Run DMC is a bit costly than the Superstar, but it’s a collector’s piece given the unique details incorporated into its design.