Adidas Superstar

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A pair of Adidas Superstar, with a black color and 3 white stripes.

The Superstar is a volleyball low-top shoe/sneaker manufactured by athletic goods company Adidas since 1969. The Superstar shoe was originally released as a low-top version of the Pro Model volleyball shoe.[1] Nicknamed the "clamtoe", "shelltoe", "shell shoes", and "shell tops" "sea shells" (along with Adicolours) for their rubber shell toe piece, their iconic design is known as one of the major influences in the sneaker culture.


When the shoe was introduced, it was the first low-top basketball shoe to feature an all-leather upper and the now famous rubber shelltoe. With its rubber toe protection and non-marking sole, the shoe caught the attention of some of the best players from the NCAA and NBA, most notably Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Within the first few years of its introduction, the Superstar was being worn by over 75% of all NBA players; proof of its revolutionary technology which remains relevant today.[2] Over the course of the next few years, it would advance from the court to the sidewalk and, consequently, further into the public's consciousness.

Superstar 35th Anniversary Music Series #15 Run DMC

In 1983, from Hollis Queens, NY, came Run-D.M.C., a rap group that refused to conform to pop standards by deciding that they would dress on stage the way they dressed on the streets. The trio was most notable for wearing the Superstars without any laces and pushing the tongue of the shoe out. "Adidas itself only found out about this love story when the band held up the 3-Stripes shoes during a concert in front of 40.000 fans – one of these concertgoers was an adidas employee" [3] The Superstar received a lot of promotion from the rap group as they went out on tours across the US, which increased sales of the Superstar shoe. Responding to an anti-sneaker rap song by Jerrald Deas called "Felon Sneakers", the trio released a song of their own called "My Adidas" in 1986.[4] The song paid tribute to the Superstar shoe, and attempted to flip the stereotype of the 'b-boy'. Many years later, Adidas eventually signed an advertising deal with the group for million. The deal made between Run-D.M.C. and Adidas was the first endorsement deal between hip-hop artists and a major corporation, and a Run-D.M.C. endorsed line of clothing from Adidas was subsequently released.[5]

The collection included 35 different models from 5 different series. Models 1 - 7 were from the Consortium Series Models 8 - 14 were from the Expression Series Models 15 - 21 were from the Music Series Models 22 - 28 were from the Cities Series Models 29 - 35 were from the Anniversary Series [6]


  1. ^ "adidas Superstar". Sneakerfiles. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  2. ^ "adidas kicks off Superstar Celebration". adidas press room. 2004-11-03. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
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  4. ^ "Run-D.M.C.". Britanica Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  5. ^ "3 stripes, 5 series, 35 models". adidas press room. 2005-02-03. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Ultimate Guide to the adidas Superstar". Retrieved 22 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)