Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • An overwhelming majority of reviewers have said that the shoe is very comfortable.
  • The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV is a classic refined especially for skateboarding.
  • Several skateboarders appreciate the fact that their feet don’t hurt after hours of doing tricks.
  • Most of the shoe users have shared that this pair of Adidas Superstar sneakers provides an ample amount of cushioning.
  • The shoe is a slimmer and lighter version of the Adidas Superstar.
  • The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV has utilized suede for its upper’s material, which some consumers have found to be more stylish than the original version.
  • The shoe’s shell toe provides great toe protection especially when skateboarding.
  • Some long-time fans found this nostalgic and also mentioned that it’s like wearing history on their feet.
  • It has great quality and is very durable like other Adidas shoes, according to a couple of video reviewers. 
  • The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV has a timeless style that could be worn with almost any casual outfit.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to several skateboarders, the laces tend to break quickly every time they use it for skateboarding.
  • Two reviewers have said their feet tend to get sweaty fast because the shoe upper isn’t breathable.

Bottom line

The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV is everything the Superstar is but further has enhanced for skate performance. The superb comfort and durability of the shoe make it the perfect kick not only for the skate park but everyday use too.

Apart from its comfort and durability, some wearers have also commended the Superstar Vulc ADV’s more fashionable suede upper compared to its predecessor. Moreover, it is offered at an affordable price, which could make it worth the buy.

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Good to know

The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV is available in men’s and women’s sizing. It is a unique sneaker that has a lacing system for an adjustable and flexible fit. Also, it has a mesh lining that offers additional comfort and breathability. 

This skateboarding shoe is equipped with the Adiprene drop-in piece that offers superb heel cushioning. With the vulcanized construction, this sneaker delivers optimum board feel. It is also lightweight. 

The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV’s suede upper adds a more stylish look to the iconic silhouette. It is available in fun colors that can be paired with any casual outfit. Pair it with shorts, pants, or joggers for the ultimate laidback cool outfit.

The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV is an icon built to ride with its slimmed-down silhouette and super lightweight. The shoe features a drop-in ADIPRENE sockliner for comfort and cushioning without sacrificing board feel. The iconic rubber shell toe serves as an abrasion-resistant material against the board’s harsh grip tape. Lastly, the shoe’s outsole is designed with Vector Traction for great board control.

Released in 1969, the Superstar was originally designed with basketball in mind. The shoe utilized leather for its upper with an exaggerated toecap in the front, which was a construction that was unheard of at the time of its release. As a result of the unconventional use of materials, the shoe caught the attention of professional basketball players and, eventually, the masses. Moreover, a hip-hop band called the Run D.M.C further popularized the shoe as they made it their unofficial footwear and made a song inspired by the Superstar.

The Adidas Superstar was held in such high regard that it naturally crossed over from the courts to the streets. Since then countless Superstar renditions have been released. The late 80s street scene gave rise to an emerging skate culture that, not surprisingly, embraced the Superstar as a shoe suitable for skating.

The skate culture became so big that Adidas had to create a line that caters exclusively to the skate market - the Adidas Skateboarding. Original silhouettes were specially developed to provide adequate comfort and support to fit the physical demands of the sport. An example of this is the Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV.

The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV is based on the original editions skated by Kareem Campbell, Joey Bast, Drake Jones, and Richard Angelides back in the 90s. The Vulc ADV is a slimmer and lighter version of the originals to provide better skate performance.

  • The Adidas Superstar Vulc ADV’s upper is made of suede except for one colorway, the white/black. This colorway upper is crafted from leather.
  • The ADIPRENE sockliner is removable.

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.