The Adidas Samba Sneaker Is Summer 2022's Most In-Demand Shoe

Just about everyone in Hollywood has been spotted wearing a pair, including Kendall Jenner.

 Kendall Jenner attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California
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At this point in fashion's long and winding relationship with the humble sneaker, it's a given that the sporty silhouette is a must-have in every stylish person's closet. Each season slew of the best new sneakers are released before the fashion set decides on a particular pair to obsess over for a few months. Options from New Balance and Nike have reigned supreme in the past, but this summer, it's all about the Adidas Samba.  

The Samba, available to shop in white and black colorways, is a departure from the chunky sneakers that have risen to popularity recently. Technically a cycling shoe, the low-profile pick is easy to style thanks in part to its simplicity. The white iteration has certifiably become of the season's coolest white sneakers, proven by the fact that it's almost always sold out on Adidas' website and has been a mainstay on my Instagram and Pinterest feeds lately. However, I'm happy to report that the black version remains in stock and has also picked up steam over the last few weeks. I personally own a pair of the black Sambas, and I wear mine on a near-constant rotation. One note: I found that they tend to run big, so consider that before you pick up a pair for yourself. 

One of the latest celebrities to be spotted in the viral sneaker is Kendall Jenner (a longtime fan of the silhouette), styling it with almost all of her day-off outfits lately. Most recently, Jenner wore the white Sambas with a white maxi skirt and a green tank top while shopping in Los Angeles. 

Kendall Jenner is seen on August 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California

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It seems that suprmodels think alike: Kaia Gerber has also recently worn the shoe, but in in the black colorway. She paired hers with black slacks, a denim shirt jacket, a coordinating blue plaid tote bag, and square-shaped black sunglasses. 

Kaia Gerber is seen on July 29, 2022 in New York City

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Proving her longtime love for the Adidas Samba, earlier this summer Jenner styled her black pair with a multicolored pastel matching short set while in Los Angeles. The model accessorized her casual ensemble with a coordinating oversized leather tote bag and a pair of slender back sunglasses. 

Another early adopter of the style is Bella Hadid, who has also been integrating the shoe into her street style looks since late March 2022. Bella has styled her sneakers a number of ways since then. Most notably, she wore them with a plaid pencil skirt, a blue pullover sweatshirt, and white tube socks. However, she's also been known to follow Jenner's lead and style them more casually, opting for wide-leg jeans and a simple gray crop top. Harry Styles, meanwhile, has also been wearing a number of colorful Samba options from Adidas on his most-recent world tour, proving their genderless appeal. 

Kendall Jenner is seen on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California

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Bella Hadid is seen in NoHo on April 24, 2022 in New York City

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Bella Hadid is seen leaving the hotel during the Fashion Week on March 04, 2022 in Paris, France

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The great thing about black sneakers like these is that they can very easily transition with the rest of one's wardrobe as fall and winter weather approaches. Both Jenner and Hadid's recent outfits prove that Adidas Sambas work just as well with shorts as they do with lots of layers and longer hemlines. 

Plus, similar to all of the best loafers or ankle boots that currently live in our shoe collections, a pair of simple, classic black sneakers like the Sambas are easily worn with any number of cold-weather essentials, such as tailored work-ready trousers or a chic black slip skirt. The Sambas themselves range in price from $75 to $130 and are available to shop below on Adidas' website. Keep scrolling to shop both the white and the black options here. (One more tip: If you're shopping on adidas' site, don't forget to use one of our adidas promo codes.)

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Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.