The History Of The It-Girls’ Favourite Adidas Sneaker
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The History Of The It-Girls’ Favourite Adidas Sneaker

April 11, 2022 Share

Adidas Samba sneakers have certainly stood the test of time. Even sneakerheads who keep up with the latest hot drops agree.

The throwback lace-ups were first released in 1950 and have since been one of Adidas’ all-time bestsellers due to their affordability, accessibility, and history.

Originally being a shoe for athletes, the Samba is most notably connected with the 1970s, when the three stripes became a hallmark of football terraces. All through their Oasis glory in the 1990s, the Gallagher brothers nodded to that terrace culture, meaning that the Sambas – and Adidas’s other popular silhouette, the Gazelle – became pop culture icons. Ewan McGregor‘s character Mark Renton also wears burgundy Samba Supers in Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult film Trainspotting.

Emily Ratajkowski in Adidas Sambas

Modern takes are more fashion-oriented than football-oriented. The It-girls are living proof that Adidas Sambas are going nowhere. Shoe enthusiast Emily Ratajkowski, who owns Nike and Reebok sneakers too, is a Samba devotee. Bella Hadid pairs her classic Sambas with some bright vintage threads, while Kaia Gerber dresses down her French-girl staples with the sneakers.

Bella Hadid wearing Adidas Sambas
Kaia Gerber wearing Adidas Sambas

If Rihanna has endorsed a trainer, it doesn’t really need much of an introduction. Rih swears by the samba. Last summer, she wore Sambas instead of her usual Amina Muaddi heels with a Nensi Dojaka LBD. Her boyf, A$AP Rocky, is also a fan.

Rihanna in Adidas Sambas

In addition to the original colourways, the fashion pack often opts for styles from London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, who has developed delightful versions in dopamine hues for her seasonal collaborations with Adidas.

Bonner’s modern interpretations of the Samba draw on her heritage and a wide range of references, including the British-Jamaican community in London in the 1970s and Jamaica in the early 1980s, as well as dancehall music.

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