Superstar Sneakers


adidas Superstar shoes made their debut on the basketball court and have been an icon ever since. 50 years later, Superstar sneakers still have their most iconic details like the shell toe and leather upper. Keep your Superstar sneakers clean with these tips.

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With its roots in both hoops and hip-hop, the adidas Superstar can’t help but live up to its name. Designed for ball above all else, the icon retains its game-ready details like a protective shell toe and coated leather upper. Known as the Superstar II, the modern adidas Superstar rocks true-to-the-original details like a herringbone cupsole, zigzag 3-Stripes edging and that signature shell-toe while beefing up the padding for a more cushioned ride.


The history of the adidas Superstar starts as much on the court as on the streets of New York. First adopted after the 1969 NBA championships, the name Superstar felt fitting, and it stuck. Years later, the adidas Originals Superstar found its off-court home in the underground hip-hop scene, winning over rap legends Run D.M.C. and sparking creative collaborations. Today, athletes, artists and everyday stars continue to make the shoe their own.


Timeless as ever, the adidas Superstar II maintains its original vibe in coated leather and classic rounded shell-toe. While the silhouette lends itself well to new collaborations, colorways and technologies, the simple Superstar will always be the fan favorite.

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Superstar Frequently Asked Questions

The adidas Superstar is a shoe with an iconic shell toe. Initially a performance shoe, it debuted on the basketball court in 1969. Later the silhouette found its off-court home in the underground hip-hop scene, becoming an iconic look for the streets that has endured. Today, the casual sneaker is revered by athletes, artists and everyday stars who continue to make the classic shoe their own.
adidas Superstars were created as basketball shoes in 1969, but they are not considered athletic shoes today. However, 50 years later, their style is as timeless as ever.
The adidas Superstar debuted on the basketball court in 1969.
Unexpected yet fully skateable, adidas Superstar has been adopted as a skate shoe through for its durable leather upper, shell-toe and iconic style. Collaborations with pros like Blondey McCoy have created Superstar iterations specific to skateboarding that include a natural gum shell-toe for a bold, board-friendly build.
Currently, adidas Superstars stay true to their origins with a full-grain leather upper. For a vegan shoe, try the vegan Stan Smith shoes made in collaboration with Stella McCartney.
The adidas Superstars upper is made out of smooth cowhide leather, which set it apart from basketball shoes made of canvas when it was originally released in the 70s.
You can identify an original model of the Superstar with its distinctive three black stripes on white leather, the iconic shell toe and flat leather tongue. Check that the numbers on the tongue match the serial number on the box to ensure it’s not a fake.
The main difference between the adidas Superstar 1 and 2 are different colorways and updates for general comfort. The Superstar 1 was the original 1969 release with a rubber shell-toe and a thin leather tongue with no additional padding. The adidas Superstar 2 maintains its original vibe in coated leather and classic rounded shell-toe but has updates like a padded tongue, silk lining and full leather intended for comfort. A herringbone pattern on the outsole was added for extra grip.
adidas Superstars run true to size. Read our sizing guide to find your perfect fit.
Yes, depending on the shape of your feet and your color preferences, adidas Superstars are unisex.
A classic leather sneaker to wear everywhere, adidas Superstars should be comfy on your feet right out of the box. With wear, your Superstars will soften up a bit and conform to your feet, giving you support and comfort day after day.
Created for athletes of all stripes, the adidas Superstar offers plenty of arch support for most people. With their cushioned insoles and protective shell toes, Superstars were designed with movement in mind.
The insoles of adidas Superstars are removable, making them easy to throw in the wash. If you’re ever curious if insoles in your adidas shoes are removable, try lifting the edge of the insole by the heel. If it starts to lift easily, then they are removable. If they feel stuck to the midsole, then they are not removable.
Bang the soles of your shoes together, then take a toothbrush to them and scrub. If stained, gently wet with a cloth soaked in warm water and mild liquid laundry detergent and scrub. Remove excess suds, laces, and insoles, then air dry at room temperature. Fill a pillowcase with your laces and insoles and machine-wash on cold with delicate laundry detergent. See detailed cleaning instructions on our blog.
Whichever way you want to. But if you're going to fully enjoy the original, feed laces in the bottom holes, outside first, until there are two equal lengths of laces. Take the left-hand lace and thread through the second hole on the right, going outside-in. Take the right-hand lace and thread through the second hole on the left, going outside-in—make this criss-cross pattern consistent as you go up.