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adidas Originals Samba XLG

History & Inspiration of the adidas Originals Samba XLG

The adidas Originals Samba has undoubtedly been an iconic pair from adidas for decades.
Especially after the split with Kanye West, the brand with the 3 stripes is reviving its timeless models by giving them a new lease of life: the Samba is at the forefront.

Historically associated with a thin sole for indoor sports, adidas created for the first time in 2024 a redesigned version with a modern look and enhanced comfort: the adidas Originals Samba XLG.
The XLG line already existed at adidas, with applications on models such as the Superstar, Forum, Country and Adilette 22.
The concept is always the same: increase the proportions of certain elements of the pair to create a new, more modern silhouette in tune with the times, while retaining the DNA of the original.

Here, the adidas Samba XLG stays authentic to the original look and draws influences from 2 dominant cultures: soccer and skateboarding.

Description of the shoe

The pair retains its famous suede T-toe and leather upper (at least on the black and white OG colors, of course).
The adidas stripes on the sides have been slightly widened, adding attitude, and the thicker midsole gives it that more modern first-look appeal. adidas has taken the opportunity to improve comfort with a full-length EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) sockliner and extra padding on the tongue and lining.
A very successful remix in which we recognize the familiar in the new.

How do adidas Samba Fit?

When it comes to fit, adidas Samba generally runs true to size.
This new model is no exception : the adidas Originals Samba XLG fits true to size.
We recommend using your regular size. (We did try the pair to write that :) )

How comfortable are the adidas Originals Samba XLG ?

The addition of 3 updates to the original model: a padded tongue, a reinforced lining around the ankle and a thicker EVA sole adds significant comfort compared to a regular samba.
Where an OG pair feels very close to the ground, with the Samba XLG we feel a more pronounced response of the sole when walking, while being more elevated (but not too much so). 
The padding seen above enhances the comfort of the top of the foot.