Adidas cycling sneaker is retro gold made real

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There is simply no more stylish a cycling sneaker, than these Velosambas (Photo: Adidas)
There is simply no more stylish a cycling sneaker, than these Velosambas (Photo: Adidas)
  • Classic Adidas styling meets clipless pedal functionality.
  • Black, white and some bold colours to match with any bike frame or outfit.
  • The Velosamba shoes are sized 3.5 to 13.


Adidas has added another new riding shoe, bolstering the German brand’s resurgence in cycling.

This latest Adidas cycling shoe is not a high-performance model with carbon-fibre sole technology or advanced Boa tension dial fasteners.

For its new Velosamba shoe, Adidas has sourced inspiration from its iconic Samba. Originally launched back in 1949, the Samba is a fashion statement and commercial success without rival, having transition way beyond its intended purpose as a footballer’s hard surface training shoe.

Having sold an amazing 35m pairs of the Samba, shoe designers at Adidas have reinterpreted this deeply symbolic shoe for cycling. The overall proportions and styling of its Velosamba are remarkably similar to a Samba, with the difference becoming apparent when you turn the shoe around.

Shimano SPD
The Velosambas are designed to work with the proven Shimano SPD cleat system (Photo: Adidas)

Cleat-in and ride

Instead of a full rubber sole, the Velosamba has a two-bolt cleat box, enabling clipless pedal capability. This cleat box has fore-and-aft adjustability, to allow Velosamba wearers to vary cleat position as required.

Form meets functions with the Velosamba’s construction and material composition. It uses a water-resistant leather upper, decorated with the signature Adidas three stripe design, which are reflective to increase traffic visibility.  

Adidas is clearly targeting the athleisure commuter cyclist market. As such, it is offering the Velosamba in four colours: cream white, core black, acid yellow and crew navy. Although it might scuff and discolour with regular use, the Velosamba shoes have tanwall soles, an ode to the Samba.

With its combination of legacy fashion appeal and clipless pedal capability, Adidas has created what is bound to be a terrifically popular commuter riding shoe.

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