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The Adidas Samba is a fucking icon. And there's no better shoe to sum up Europe's fetish for trainers.
Black Friday Nike Air Jordan 3.5 Heels, First introduced in 1950 so footballers could train on frozen ground without skidding around like a baby deer, the Samba became iconic. This was a shoe that immediately felt cool enough for everyday wear, with a personality that belied its super simple original colorway. No fuss, just black, white and a little gold. All this helped make it Adidas' longest running model and its second biggest selling shoe ever, with 35 million pairs sold to date.
As they prepare the revamp of the legendary trainer , they need to be careful—careful that Britain's provincial towns don't spill out hot-headed blokes baying for the blood of well-paid Herzogenaurach HQ designers like a too-tightly-gripped calzone. One wrong move, one misplaced leather panel, and they'll come for you because Adidas is serious fucking business, and it should all make me feel a bit sick, but it doesn't. Adidas love is built on a bedrock of football dads moaning about kids these days, sporting haircuts like Liam Gallagher and even worse shirts, but this is the one thing I understand. This is one the thing they're right about. I just get it. These trainers are fucking great.
Black Friday Nike Air Jordan 3.5 Heels It's no surprise Americans don't really understand the frenzy the brand can cause this side of the Atlantic. I imagine their general idea of Adidas is one of Pharrell Williams' dead-eyed glare, a beaming omnipotent demigod in an arse-shaped hat, looking down on the swagless in vacant pause from a mile-wide billboard. That and the Yeezy Boosts. I always think about Adidas, and the Samba in particular, as being Europe's equivalent of the Air Jordan. To me, every pair of J's look exactly the same, all unwieldy above-the-ankle flash and modernity trumping heritage. Sneakerheads will nonetheless argue why the Is are ace, but the IIs are trash as if they're not fucking identical . Everyone picks a side and I respect that. In Europe, it's different, and perhaps it says something more about us.
Jordans are heavy and tall—you feel the heft, the work. The weight of what you're wearing is obvious and unmissable. They are the stars and stripes. They are saluting an eagle and shooting a Hummer out of a cannon through a flaming hoop at halftime. They are the American dream, but for your feet. In contrast, Sambas are unfussy to the point of being practically invisible—comfortable, versatile and with an instant retro charm if you bother to have a look. We also don't mind the fact that pretty much every model looks exactly the same. We're comforted by the familiarity. The Samba is even allowed the rare luxury of aging in, able to relax and develop a personality of its own with each year's (minor) scrape and well-worn patch adding to the last.
The kind of men who look like they'd kick your entire face in until it looked like the inside of a savory pie for saying their wife's name wrong gladly wear trainers specifically designed for lithe young men to play ball in.
That's part of the beauty of European, and particularly British, Adidas fandom. We let that shit breathe. We don't cryogenically freeze them through winter. We don't spray enough Crep Protect to Botox them into immovable perfection. The restoration is half the fun. It's like if you go to a gig, you want whoever is performing to fuck up a bit. Just a bit. Just so you know it's real. You don't pay hard-earned cash to hear a literal, note-for-note CDQ rendition of the album you love. You want those cracks. You want the light rain damage on that guy's voice. America now finally gets it when it comes to outerwear—who doesn't love the mottled patina of some lived-in indigo, amirite?—but your obsession with box-fresh sneakers is played out. Sambas are at total odds with that. It also helps that they only cost, like, sixty bucks.
Black Friday Nike Air Jordan 3.5 Heels Their enduring popularity is partly to do with their domination of football stadium terraces in decades gone by. It's also to do with our pub culture. It's pretty hard to be anal about your shoes when your life is dominated by hanging out in dimly lit boozers with sticky floors and quick-drying lager dropped by guys with barcodes tattooed on the back of their skull.
To me it's kind of obvious, says Neal Heard , writer of the indispensable book Trainers, when I asked what was up with the UK's original obsession in the late '70s. Here, there’s a long, long history of youth tribes. Mostly groups of working class kids finding a way to speak to each other, and to the world, by the clothes they wear. It's a way of finding your voice in a world that doesn't let you speak too often. Trainers fell nicely into this remit because they appeal to the nature of gangs and tribes. They came in a variety of colors, a variety of brands and a variety of models, plus they were different to what the generation before had worn.
Maybe our affection for the Samba's minimalism has something to do with our love of brutalist architecture. Or that the black backdrop triply intersected by thick, white lines calls to mind the work of Piet Mondrian or whatever. But, let's be real, it's definitely pubs and football. Pubs and football are the DJ Whoo Kid of British working class culture: always butting in and making their presence felt, looming large over the landscape, shaping it like big fucking waves on soft cliffs.
Black Friday Nike Air Jordan 3.5 Heels And not to get all BRITAIN IS GREAT AND AMERICA IS A SHITHOLE on you, but it also speaks to our famous sense of irony that one of the island's most beloved brands ain't even British. I couldn't even begin to tell you how far removed the word Samba is for many a British male. For plenty of their target demo, anything further than a barely rhythmic shuffling of the shoulders under duress is deemed highly suspect. When it comes to the Adidas Sambas though, all is fair game. The kind of men who look like they'd kick your entire face in until it looked like the inside of a savory pie for saying their wife's name wrong gladly wear trainers specifically designed for lithe young men to play ball in. Slim, dainty trainers with suede inserts and a lovely gum sole. What a beautiful contradiction.
All this should put the Samba at the front of Four Pins queue. It's a trainer that nods to heritage, pays homage to people that work way harder than we do and can be worn by you and by people who'd kick the shit out of you with equal cachet. Great black leather and suede trainers that get better with age, it doesn’t get much more Cool Dad™ than that.
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