SNEAKER MOLE: ADIDAS SAMBA
Greetings coach/sneaker followers. As we speak I need to talk a few legendary coaching shoe, positively considered certainly one of Adolf Dasslers best creations. At present I want to salute and pay tribute to an absolute iconic traditional shoe.
The Samba was first released in 1950, yep 1950! Its white stone island polo exhausting to consider really isn’t it These daps were designed as an outside soccer shoe built to withstand the arduous, icy training pitches of Europe, hence that bizarre sucker pattern on the gumsole, God I’m such a sucker for a gum sole, however who isn’t You all know what they look like so I won’t bore you with the small print.
Anyway, I digress, The only trainer Adidas have shifted more of worldwide is the Stan Smith and I feel we can all agree that Stan is all the time the man in terms of pure simple Dassler class.
I’ve never owned a pair of Sambas. I always most well-liked it’s barely posher, upmarket sister shoe the Gazelle. The first pair of sky blue Gazelles I purchased cost me £13 and that i honestly solely bought them as a result of they were low-cost. Over time I’ve owned loads of actually crap Adidas including these weird “Twisters” and a pair called “Key West” which smelled of cats piss after they obtained a bit Island wet. I even had a pair of pink Adidas Denims!
Despite by no means owning a pair I have a large love for Sambas. Samba are the one trainers I can think of that genuinely inspire a formidable degree of loyalty in the wearer and this is the reason I wish to pay tribute to them right here. The Samba wearer is available in all shapes and sizes, forget Rhianna, Timberlake and that bloke in the rubbish Transformers films, i’m speaking about the working class man/lad who sports them, your Samba aficionado. This bloke may very well be your classic “scally dad” resplendent in Stone Island coat or it might be his teenage son who has inherited his love of the Stone Roses together with vintage Adidas footwear.
On the terraces of the late 80s the bloke within the Adidas Trimm Trabb would most likely chuck a bottle of piss at you and run away, the bloke in the Sambas would stand firm and whack you over the top with a plastic seat. Thats the difference. The Samba is a real coaching shoe worn by actual blokes who sometimes tend to get as much as mischief (see Mark Renton in Transpotting) a classic Samba wearer right there.
A Samba bloke is at all times the funniest man in the pub. He organises the Sunday league crew and the Thursday evening footie in the native sports activities centre. He wears boxfresh Samba in the pub and chucks an outdated pair on to play or train. He’s loyal to those footwear like he’s loyal to his household or his group.
I misplaced contact with a very good pal of mine who I grew up with a couple of years again, but on a visit again to my hometown I bumped into him in city. I instantly checked his trainers and noticed he was doing the same to me. He was wearing purple suede Samba (quite a uncommon colourway at the time) as quickly as I saw these I knew. No change there. Still a top bloke. An actual Samba bloke.