Making many turns in hype and popularity over the decades, this ultimate staple stands as one of the Three Stripes’ flagship sneakers, and in that capacity, it has never really gone out of style. However, the adidas Samba has popped up in some very high-profile rotations recently, putting it firmly back in the spotlight.
From coveted collaborations with Wales Bonner and Jonah Hill through to heavy usage from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean, and the like, the adidas Samba is certainly having a renaissance moment. It's a perfect storm for the Samba, really; in the case of the A$AP and Frank Ocean, the Samba makes the perfect pared-back foundation for a pretty unpredictable style. It's a timeless, unchanging icon that goes with anything, from tailored trousers to hyped new releases.
We're always on board with a classic sneaker that's having a moment. The great thing about this is that even when the hype dies down, you've got yourself a pair (or four) of timeless classics. In honor of this staple, we've rounded up the best adidas Sambas on the net right now.
Shop our favorite adidas Sambas below.
adidas Samba Vegan Shoes
Samba Vegan Sneakers
The timelessness of the adidas Samba is one of its main assets and is proven fully by this recent update of the silhouette. Nothing changes visually (because if it ain’t broke don’t fix it), but all materials used on this pair are fully vegan.
adidas Samba OG
One of the more striking newcomers to the Samba world is this pair of Samba OGs which features a pearlescent covering to the heel tab and Three Stripes insignia to contrast with the all-black design.
adidas Samba Classic
Originally released in 1950 to allow footballers to train on frozen pitches, the Samba’s classic white & black palettes are near enough unbeatable. Combine the understated uppers with a retro gum sole and you’ve got yourself an icon.
adidas x Wales Bonner Samba
Wales Bonner’s ‘70s-inspired capsule collection with adidas was a winner all round, but the real MVP came in the form of the Samba.
adidas Originals Samba Super Sneakers
One for the real Samba heads out there, the adidas Originals Samba Super Sneakers feature the original extended tongue that nods to the silhouette's footballing roots.
adidas x Jonah Hill Samba
Jonah Hill’s work with adidas began life in the shape of the Superstar but has since evolved to encompass the Samba, too. A soft leather upper features suede overlays, thick ‘90s-style laces, and highlight contrast stitching to the heel tab.
adidas Samba White
Can a shoe be too clean? We don't think so but this would be a candidate if it could. An all-white upper puts the focus completely on the legendary, streamlined silhouette of the Samba.
adidas Samba W Naked
The best collaborations keep the best bits of the original design, building carefully on that foundation. This pair features Sage leather uppers and a subtle ostrich texture.
adidas x Pleasures Samba
Pleasures made sure there was absolutely no mistaking the origins of its 2019 Samba collaboration with an all-black backdrop and contrasting white embroidery running across the whole outer side of the shoe.
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