The Continuous Evolution of the Adidas Samba

The Continuous Evolution
of the Adidas Samba

Adidas Samba OG sneaker

Samba OG, $100 by Adidas

The Adidas Samba is truly an iconic shoe. It's been around for more than half a century and nearly 40 million pairs have been solid worldwide. It was, as you likely know, originally a soccer shoe. Those three stripes on the side? They were a performance feature that provided lateral support to a player's foot. Today, the stripes have become one of the world's most recognizable logos. Of course, the Samba has long since crossed over from athletics to the realm of casual footwear. But that's doesn't mean there aren't constant tweaks, improvements and collaborations going on.


The Samba is the oldest Adidas shoe in continuous production.

Earlier this month, Adidas unveiled the Samba Sock Primeknit—recreating the classic leather and suede of the original with a one-piece knit upper that both adapts to your foot and provides extra support. If that's not your vibe, perhaps you'd like the minimalist, monochromatic take from the recent collaboration with Barneys. From rich, tonal versions to a model built for skateboarding, it's all but guaranteed that there's a Samba to suit your personal style. Herewith, a few options available to buy now.

Adidas Samba Classic OG sneaker

Samba Classic OG, $100 / $70 by Adidas

Adidas Blue Suede Samba FB sneaker

Blue suede Samba FB, $100 by Adidas

Adidas Samba Sock Primeknit sneaker

Samba Sock Primeknit, $110 by Adidas

Adidas x Barneys BNY Sole Series Samba sneaker

BNY Sole Series Samba, $150 by Adidas x Barneys

Adidas Skateboarding Samba ADV sneaker

Skateboarding Samba ADV, $75 by Adidas


The Samba is the oldest Adidas shoe in continuous production.