The History Of The Iconic Adidas Originals Samoa

by Jacob Peatfield

How did a tiny island of the coast of Australia, that is about 86 times smaller than the U.K., make it onto the side of an adidas trainer silhouette?

The adidas Samoa is a modern day casual classic. First introduced as an indoor football training shoe in the mid-70s, this is a well-loved and well-recognised model in the three stripes range.

But where does the island of Samoa come into all of this? Well, some claim that the shoe was inspired by the American Samoa football team which has gone on to inspire the 2014 documentary Next Goal Wins. Others might believe it’s where the shoe is made. In fact, the shoe originally released as part of adidas’ Island Series. Back in the 70s, adidas first launched a Pacific islands collection, followed by a Caribbean collection that was inspired by the cultures of these small communities. Many of the most coveted vintage adidas shapes came from this campaign – think the adidas Jamaica, Tahiti, Hawaii, Trinidad …. the list goes on.

Next Goal Wins

After a successful first run, adidas Originals recognised the potential of this trainer. Many years after launch, adidas fans were scouring the internet for quality vintage versions of the original silhouette. With this in mind, adidas re-introduced the Samoa in August 2011 alongside some of the biggest re-releases we’ve seen over the past decade like the Gazelle, Superstar and Campus.

The original island series poster.

Key features of the shoe include a rubber toe cap for added durability and protection, a full grain leather upper with suede overlays and quality gold foil details to the sidewall and tongue. No wonder they brought it back. And to top it all off, it’s one of our bestsellers.

Grab a pair now at scotts menswear.

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