With the current trend of ‘90s retro looks, there’s an abundance of shoes in the market that embody that carefree-and-cute-but-edgy kind of vibe. It won’t leave you without choices but it may start to overwhelm. Some brand new sneakers look retro for the sake of it but others like the Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe have been around since the original era of the comeback trends. With almost 50 years of constant production, the Adidas model is an obvious choice for its authenticity and OG status.
RELEASE DATE & PRICE
Release Date: 1969
Price When Reviewing: US$110.00
For its fashionable use nowadays, it’s almost absurd to think that the Superstar 80s Metal Toe started out as a performance basketball shoe in the ‘70s, with NBA stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the vast majority of basketball players at the time contributing to its popularity.
The shoes were a turn away from what was the trend then which was canvas sneakers. The Superstar 80s Metal Toe was the first sneaker to have a leather upper and since the beginning, the “Shell Toe” has become its signature detail.
Plenty of the praiseworthy features of the Adidas Superstar 80s Metal Toe lie in the construction and the little details that silently make a world of difference for its external allure. Since its inception and basketball shoe origins, Adidas has kept its comfortable quality through the padded foot bed and rubber outsole. More than the attractive exterior, this is probably one of the main things that draws people towards the shoes.
This particular model applies classic mixing and matching methods in fashion through the metallic toe, logo heel counter, and accents on the tips of the shoelaces. Those with OC tendencies will be satisfied with the matching colors of the metallic surfaces.
Since the metallic toe is the most outwardly-exposed part of the shoe, it’s very prone to accidental scratches that can’t be avoided. The comfortable quality risks the quick deterioration of its sleek and perfect appearance due to frequent use and outright exposure.
Having a metallic surface on top of a mostly rubber shoe is also quite a difficult feat and Adidas hasn’t yet perfected the art of making it flawless. After some time, the stitching may turn out to be not too sturdy to hold the metal toe on the shoe seamlessly.
For this model, you might need to get a half-size larger than your normal because it generally runs smaller but also to prolong the possible wear and tear that might need quick fixes.