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One of my first pairs of trainers were a blue pair of Adidas Sambas, they were at the height of fashion. As with most things, fashion comes full circle and 10 years later I bought another pair! The style and design has not changed at all, my last pair was suede and the latest pair is leather. They are the same blue colour though, it brings me back to my youth! ==Price and availability== The cost of the Samba trainers is £40. I can't remember what they cost ten years ago but this is an average price for a pair of trainers. You can buy them from sports shops or online retailers. I bought my pair from DW sports as I get 10% off for being a gym member. ==Description== The trainers are very distinctive and retro in design. They have rubber soles with a little rubber lip around the toe area. The back is quite high and stiff but it gives after a while, I like the stability the back of the shoe gives. There are the three stripes in white down the side and the trainers lace up. The laces are far too long and seem to make massive loops! The trainers are more fashion shoes than sport shoes and the sole is quite flat and thin. It does not protect the foot from the impact of running and I would advise against wearing these for sports. ==My observations== The trainers are comfortable; there are no sharp bits or sections of fabric that rub. The inside of the shoe fits like a glove, really comfortable and smooth. I enjoy wearing these with my baggy jeans or skinny fit jeans and find they work equally well with each. The trainers are hard wearing, they scuff and scrape just like any others but because of the blue colour, the leather does not show up marks as easily. ==Overall== Samba's are unisex so anyone can wear them and they are strong good quality shoes. My only complaint is that the laces are too long, but this is a very minor complaint. I have worn these loads and they are great for the summer as you can wear them with little sports socks with shorts. I like the way the trainers have the word Samba written down the side, it looks just the same as my first pair! A good bit of nostalgia is great and when you find a shoe that fits well and looks great, why change it?