Rihanna Wearing Sambas
Rihanna wearing the OG black-and-white Sambas. Getty Images

It's safe to say that Adidas Sambas are the sneakers that every "it girl" has in their closet. The first pair of Sambas was originally designed by the brand's founder Adi Dassler in the late 1940s to provide traction for soccer players on frozen grounds. Fast forward eight decades later and the shoe has become a classic wardrobe staple for celebrities, models, and street style stars. And, let's face it, the rest of us too.

Stars like Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, and Bella Hadid are notorious Samba wearers which has helped catapult the shoe to cult status. Given their heavy rotation in all wardrobes right now, the original black-and-white design has been updated with cool new color combinations and silhouettes— most notably through Adidas' collaboration with British Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner. Among the many popular styles are the metallic silver-and-white SL72 which features intricately stitched stripes and the brand's logo displayed in retro font across the heel.

Ahead, learn how to style Adidas Sambas this season, plus a few new picks you'll want to shop.


Sambas are an everyday staple, especially when you're on the go. If you're in a rush but still want to look stylish, team a casual button-down and sporty athleisure pants with the iconic shoe.

Quiet Luxury

Quiet luxury, like Samba-wearing, is a trend that's still going strong, and pairing them together is perfection. Pair your Sambas with a classic blazer, blue jeans and a tee for a look that fuses smart casual with street style.

Spring Fling

Spring is officially in full bloom so adopting lighter shades and shorter hemlines is the way to go. Give your Sambas a chic seasonal vibe with a cute white sundress dress or t-shirt and skirt combo (it's all about a tennis shirt right now). Add a bright-colored bag and you're good to go.

Shop These Adidas Samba Styles

Adidas Samba ADV Shoes
Adidas Samba ADV Shoes Adidas

Original Samba ADV Shoes at Adidas ($100)

Adidas Yellow Sambas

Adidas + Sporty & Rich Samba OG Embellished Sneakers at Net-a-Porter ($120)

Adidas Sambae Sneakers

Adidas Originals Samba Sneakers at ASOS ($110)

Adidas Samba OG Maroon Sneakers

Adidas Samba OG Maroon Sneakers at Farfetch ($225)

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