adidas Samba Sneakers
The origins of the adidas Samba go back to 1948, when Adi Dassler began developing a sports shoe designed specifically for use on frozen and hard pitches. He wanted to create a sneaker that would offer footballers grip and stability on such surfaces, and thus the Samba was born.
Introduced in 1950, the first version of the adidas Samba had an upper of kangaroo leather with an innovative rubber sole for good grip. The Samba name was inspired by a Brazilian dance and music genre, in an attempt to become popular in South American countries.
In the 1960s, the Samba began to gain popularity outside the football world and was also worn as an everyday sneaker. The minimalist design, with adidas' signature three stripes on the side and the classic black upper with white accents, made the Samba a style icon. In subsequent decades, the Samba has become a timeless classic that has remained popular with sneaker lovers around the world.
In the 1990s, the adidas Samba also became popular among skateboarders because of the model's durability and traction on skateboards. This led adidas to develop the Busenitz, a skate sneaker that adopted design elements of the Samba and was designed specifically for skaters.
Today, several variations of the adidas Samba are available, including the adidas Samba OG 'White', Ajax X Bob Marley X adidas Samba OG '3 Little Birds', and adidas x Wales Bonner Samba 'Red'. The Samba continues to be appreciated for its comfort, durability and versatility. The rich history and timeless design of the adidas Samba have made it one of the most loved and recognisable sneakers in the world.
The adidas Samba generally falls true to size.
The adidas Samba is a comfortable shoe due to the soft leather upper, which provides a comfortable feel while walking and running.
The adidas Samba is a popular choice among skateboarders because of its durability and traction on the board.
The adidas Samba has a classic look and is often worn with slightly wider trousers for a comfy and baggy fit. For inspiration, read our guide on how to style the adidas Samba.