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Adidas Samoa: vintage trainer, part of the Island Series

The Adidas Samoa is a vintage trainer, released in 1982, that is a part of the fabled Island Series. The Island Series, as the name suggests, is a range of Adidas trainers that are named in honour of tropical islands located around the globe. However, Samoa, officially named the Independent State of Samoa, is not a single island: it is comprised of two large islands (Savai'i and Upolu) and four smaller islands. Samoa is located in the Pacific Ocean, and was the first Pacific Island to claim it's independence: claiming it's independence from New Zealand in 1962.

The Adidas Samoa has been released in a range of different colourways, and has been released with versions featuring a leather, suede and nylon / canvas upper. The shoe has the traditional three-stripe design, with a serrated edge to the stripes. The Samoa text, placed besides the stripes - as shown above - comes in a range of colours; traditionally this text is printed in gold foil, but the Samoa bucks this trend. The Samoa has a decent amount of EVA midsole cushioning - when compared to shoes in the City Series - and has a solid reinforced toe bumper; that is reminiscent of the Adidas Super Samba. The Adidas Samoa is a fairly inexpensive shoe: costing in the region of £40-£50; although it can cost as much as £79 without any discounting. The shoe is currently available for sale, but is not as widely available as other more popular vintage shoes: like the Gazelle.