The adidas Samba: cult-classic status

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The OG Samba: All black with the iconic 3 white stripes

No introduction is needed. The adidas Samba is what an original Snoop or Dre album is to hip-hop. Remember those days when you first listened to those beats and you immediately knew what love was - perhaps because your older cousin would listen to it and you thought to yourself “If only I could be that cool”. Since then, many albums have made an appearance in your Discman, iPod, and Spotify playlists. However, the first one will always hold a special place in your heart. Just like the adidas Samba. A classic of the classics.

First created in 1950 by adidas founder, Adi Dassler, in order to allow football players to properly practice on the icy hard ground - what’s up, insane gum sole. Still, to this day, the Samba represents the second highest selling adidas sneaker ever with roughly 35 million pairs sold worldwide.

The OG version - all black with the iconic 3 white stripes - remains the most popular one. And, that’s usually the one you’ll see on all your fave peeps’ feet: Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Kate Moss.

Whether you’re a legit football player, a celeb or just a lover of nice things, you need a pair of these in your life. Or a second one. It’s never too late to look good.