adidas Skateboarding Samba ADV

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adidas Skateboarding is going back to the classics by giving a time-honored fan favorite a performance-oriented update: Poised for release on January 1, 2017, the adidas Skateboarding Samba ADV brings back the original soccer silhouette from 1950 with a heavy dose of skate technology under its hood.

As a reminder, the Samba – allegedly adidas’ #2 all-time best-selling shoe behind the Stan Smith – was already a major inspiration for the original Dennis Busenitz pro shoe. Busenitz and the rest of the skate team especially liked the Samba’s elongated, wrap-around tongue design, grippy gum sole, as well as the contour-hugging toe box with T-toe reinforcement.

The new Samba ADV retains these skate-friendly features while adding a internal mesh bootie for responsive fit, molded heel clip for support, directional tread for precision grip, and a molded sock liner.

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Originally introduced over 65 years ago as an indoor training shoe for soccer players, the adidas Samba first made its mark in skateboard culture in the early 1990s, when skateboarders organically adopted the shoe. Skateboard footwear brands at the time mostly offered bulky high-top shoes, but riders suddenly started demanding low-tops when a new breed of technical skateboarding called for fast-footed flexibility. The Samba fulfilled the need, next to other retro staples such as the Gazelle or Stan Smith, and has remained a constant influence in skateboard footwear design ever since.

Celebrating the shoe’s launch, the adidas Skateboarding team just released a new skate edit filmed in NYC showcasing team riders Rodrigo TX, Benny Fairfax, and Tyshawn Jones. 

The adidas Skateboarding Samba ADV launch on January 1, 2017, at specialty adidas retailers in the U.S. and the adidas Skateboarding website with a $75 price tag.

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