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The Top Ten Original Adidas Shoes

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author image Jared Paventi
Jared Paventi is the communications director for a disease-related nonprofit in the Northeast. He holds a master's degree from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University. He also writes a food appreciation blog: Al Dente.
The Top Ten Original Adidas Shoes
A woman is wearing Adidas shoes. Photo Credit Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Adidas was founded in 1949, taking its name from the first three letters of founder Adolf Dassler's first and last names. Unveiled in 1993, Adidas Originals is the company's retro line of clothes. Popular styles and shoes of the 1970s and 1980s have been refreshed and reintroduced for the fashion market under the label, which Adidas says is aimed at ages 16 to 24.

Samba

The unisex Adidas Samba is one of the company's best-selling and most renowned shoes. Originally built for indoor soccer, it features a gum-rubber outsole and comes with either a leather or suede upper.

Rod Laver

These shoes take their name from the only tennis player to win tennis' grand slam -- the Australian, French and U.S. Opens and Wimbledon in the same calendar year -- twice. Laver wore nylon-mesh uppers to accomplish the feats and Adidas added a suede cap to the shoe for style.

Stan Smith II

Adidas' most popular tennis shoe received an update with various designers and artists offering unique colors combinations and patterns on the Adidas website. The Stan Smith II comes with the same dimpled sole as the original for maximum grip on the court.

Gazelle

The Gazelle is one of the lowest-profile shoes made by Adidas. The suede upper sits well below the ankle and attaches to a blown-rubber outsole. The Gazelle was originally introduced in 1968 as a trainer and gained popularity among soccer players of that era.

Beckenbauer

German soccer phenom Franz Beckenbauer was one of Adidas' premier endorsers in the 1980s. The Originals' Beckenbauer adds suede trim to the toe of the classic soccer boot.

Superstar 2.0

The Adidas Superstar was popularized in the 1980s by musical groups, in particular hip-hop group Run DMC. Members of the group wore the shell-toed shoes without laces on stage at concerts. They were reborn in the Originals line using the same shell toe and leather-grain upper.

Samoa

The Samoa is another shoe style made popular by the urban fashion scene of the 1980s. The shoes feature a leather upper with a suede toecap and the Adidas logo on the outsole for treads.

Dragon

The Dragon was a popular lightweight running shoe in the 1970s and returns with a suede/mesh upper featuring colors inspired by the time period.

SL72

The SL72 was introduced in 1972 for the track stars at the Munich Olympics. The nylon and suede upper features a track-style sole with faux areas where spikes might have screwed into the original.

Ciero

The Ciero was a shoe that gained popularity among skaters in the 1980s, according to Adidas. The outsole is a soft full-grain leather, similar to suede, but features a mesh tongue to keep the foot cool. The shoe is capped by a rubber sole.

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