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adidas Samba

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Adidas’ oldest shoe went from footballing success to street style icon.

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adidas Sambae ID0436
  • adidas
  • Sambae
  • "Black Gum"
  • $160
adidas Samba OG B75807
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Black Gum"
  • $172
adidas Samba OG B75806
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "White Gum"
  • $172
adidas Samba OG IG1025
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "White & Better Scarlet"
  • $172
adidas Samba OG IG1024
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "White & Green"
  • $172
adidas Samba OG IF6514
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cloud White & Energy Ink"
  • $180
adidas Samba OG IF6513
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cloud White & Solar Red"
  • $180
adidas Samba OG IF3813
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cloud White & Collegiate Burgundy"
  • $120
adidas Samba OG IE3437
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cloud White & Collegiate Green"
  • $172
adidas Samba XLG IE1379
  • adidas
  • Samba XLG
  • "Black Gum"
  • $186
adidas Samba XLG IE1377
  • adidas
  • Samba XLG
  • "White Gum"
  • $186
adidas Samba OG IE0877
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cloud White & Halo Blue"
  • $180
adidas Samba OG ID0478
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cream White & Core Black"
  • $180
adidas Sambae JI1349
  • adidas
  • Sambae
  • "White Gum"
  • $180
adias Samba OG IH3119
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Rasta Pack"
  • $180
adidas Samba OG IH3118
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Rasta Pack"
  • $180
adidas Samba OG IG6177
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Wonder Silver & Chalk White"
  • $121
adidas Samba OG IG6176
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Silver Dawn & Chalk White"
  • $120
adidas Samba OG IG1963
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cloud White & Legacy Teal"
  • $202
adidas Samba OG IG1357
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Preloved Brown"
  • $151
adidas Samba OG IF3814
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cloud White & Night Indigo"
  • $120
adidas Samba MN IF1953
  • adidas
  • Samba MN
  • "White Gum"
  • $215
adidas Samba MN IF1952
  • adidas
  • Samba MN
  • "Black Gum"
  • $215
adidas Samba Decon IF0642
  • adidas
  • Samba Decon
  • "Cloud White & Core Black"
  • $215
adidas Samba Decon IF0641
  • adidas
  • Samba Decon
  • "Core Black & Cloud White"
  • $215
adidas Samba XLG IE9178
  • adidas
  • Samba XLG
  • "Core Black & Better Scarlet"
  • $186
adidas Sambae IE9105
  • adidas
  • Sambae
  • "Cloud White & Green"
  • $160
adidas Samba OG IE6520
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Core Black & Green"
  • $202
adidas Samba OG IE3440
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Focus Olive & Wonder White"
  • $172
adidas Samba OG IE3438
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Core Black & Gum"
  • $172
adidas Samba OG ID1480
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Off White"
  • $180
adidas Samba OG ID1479
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Crystal White & Crew Yellow"
  • $180
adidas Sambae ID0434
  • adidas
  • Sambae
  • "Wonder White"
  • $160
adidas Samba OG JI4208
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Hazy Green"
adidas Sambae JI1350
  • adidas
  • Sambae
  • "Black Gum"
adidas Samba Messi IH8158
  • adidas
  • Samba Messi
  • "Home"
adidas Samba Inter Miami CF IH8157
  • adidas
  • Samba Inter Miami CF
  • "Away"
adidas Samba Golf IH5169
  • adidas
  • Samba Golf
  • "White Gum"
adidas Samba Golf IH5168
  • adidas
  • Samba Golf
  • "Black Gum"
adidas Samba Golf IH5167
  • adidas
  • Samba Golf
  • "White Gum"
adidas Samba OG IH2751
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Cloud White & Wonder Quartz"
adidas Samba ADV IG7572
  • adidas
  • Samba ADV
  • "Core Black"
adidas Samba OG IG6174
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Dark Brown & Preloved Yellow"
adidas Samba OG IG6173
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Carbon & Better Scarlet"
adidas Samba Decon IG6172
  • adidas
  • Samba Decon
  • "Core Black & Gold Metallic"
adidas Samba Decon IG6171
  • adidas
  • Samba Decon
  • "Ivory & Gold Metallic"
adidas Samba OG IG6170
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Oat & Wonder White"
adidas Samba OG IG6169
  • adidas
  • Samba OG
  • "Preloved Ink"

Samba

The Samba was the first shoe ever to be produced by adidas, and, remarkably, it’s still being manufactured today, making it their oldest surviving model. But not only that, the adidas Samba has also achieved its own iconic status in fashion. No other football boot in history has achieved such a cultural leap, which is a testament to its impeccable, ageless design, its versatility and the global adoration it has received through the decades.

The original concept of the Samba was to help footballers play in harsh, wintry conditions without the fear of slipping and falling on an icy surface. The plan was to launch this innovative new product at the World Cup of 1950, which was to take place in the Brazilian winter – not exactly the same freezing cold temperatures as those experienced by those playing in Europe. 

So, instead of foregoing the golden opportunity to launch the product at the World Cup, adidas got inventive. They gave it the name ‘Samba’, the same as the Afro-Brazilian style of dance, to appeal to the culture of Brazil. Following this, people began wearing the boot in all weathers, be it wind, rain or sunshine. 

Four years later, at the 1954 Swiss World Cup, the whole West German team wore adidas boots as they achieved a 3-2 victory over clear favourites Hungary in one of the most exciting football finals ever played. This cemented adidas’ reputation as a world-class football boot manufacturer.

The adidas Samba gradually shifted away from the utilitarian kangaroo leather construction of the first tough boot to the lighter shape of the adidas sprinting shoe. They now use more conventional cow leather and even offer pleather as a vegan alternative. This new design sits atop a unique tan gum outsole over a cupsole, has been given a larger tongue that can be folded over, is rendered in a simple black and white colourway, and, for a final touch of style, has ‘Samba’ printed in gold on the side. It is this design that has been cherished both by footballers and casual wearers over the years.

In 1970s Europe, its quick, reactive feel made the Samba perfect for 5-a-side futsal. This more casual, street-style inspired game was played in towns and cities all across the continent throughout that decade, giving the Samba a massive boost in popularity along the way. Later, in the 90s, like any classic pair of sneakers, the Samba drew on feelings of nostalgia to become the prime pick among the skater community of the time. 

From innovative World Cup winning beginnings, to nimble 5-a-side games, to the alternative 90s skate scene, the adidas Samba has now become a sneaker for the modern era. All of this indicates that adidas has built a classic, and if there’s one thing the Samba will never be, it’s dated. That’s quite a stratospheric achievement for a pair of icy-weather football boots originally released all the way back in 1950.

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