The Adidas Samba is an indoor soccer training shoe. It has been among Adidas' most popular, best selling shoes in recent times,[date missing] the second best sold Adidas shoe ever with over 35 million sold pairs worldwide, behind the Adidas Stan Smith. It is produced in a variety of color schemes, yet the classic black with three white stripes is the most popular. The shoe features a tan gumsole that distinguishes it from other Adidas shoes.
The shoe was first produced in 1950 to enable association football players to train on icy hard ground (hence the suction on the gumsole). Its original design featured the classic three stripes, as well as the gold trefoil on the foldable tongue. As years progressed, the Samba evolved into the Samba Millennium (which was made without the extended tongue) and the Samba '85. Classic models of the shoe are still in production, under the name Classic M. The original model is sometimes used for training, street play, and futsal.
In popular culture
The popularity of the Adidas Samba as a soccer shoe has caused it to transcend the soccer courts and move into popular culture, mostly worn as a fashion sneaker, and makes many appearances both on the silver screen and on television.
- Some of these appearances include:
- Owen Wilson's character Randy Dupree wears a pair of Adidas Samba K (a classic model that uses kangaroo leather) virtually the whole time in the 2006 film You, Me, and Dupree.
- The song "Olé" by The Bouncing Souls features the lines: Lace your Sambas, get on out/Off we go to kick it about.
- Shia LaBeouf's character Sam Witwicky wears a pair of black Sambas in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
- The shoe was a favorite in the 1970s Liverpool football casuals/scally subculture; indeed the shoe is an icon in the UK along with Reebok Classics.
- Every football player in the 2000 film Remember the Titans can be seen wearing Sambas either on the field or around.
- Kevin Seconds, lead singer of American hardcore punk 7 Seconds is an avid fan of classic black Sambas and wears them at all live performances.
- Ashton Kutcher wears Adidas Sambas in the 2010 film Valentine's Day and on That 70's Show.
- Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen wore white Sambas during the live performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody".
- Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley is seen wearing a pair of white Country 0 with green stripes in the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop.
- Adrian Grenier's character Vincent Chase, in HBO's Entourage, is seen wearing white Sambas with black stripes in Season 6 episode 10 "Berried Alive".
- Jamie Bell's character Joey Cassidy in the 2012 film Man on a Ledge could be easily recognized wearing black Adidas Samba classic throughout the story.
- Steven Yeun's character Glenn wears a pair of black Sambas in several episodes of AMC's The Walking Dead.
- These have the Adidas Samba Super:
- Gary Windass in Coronation Street.
- Aiden Scotcher in Waterloo Road.
- Ewan McGregor wears a pair of burgundy adidas Samba Super Suede in Trainspotting in the role of Mark Renton, 1996.