Product Type: Adidas Sports Shoes
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I could walk 10000 miles in my Superstars
Adidas Superstar 2 Ladies
Member Name: StampedingTurtes
Adidas Superstar 2 Ladies
Disadvantages: One dodgy pair, also can be a little clumpy
I feel I should preface this review by saying that my mum has the ladies version, I have the child's version and my fiancée has the male version, these shoes are all the same! It's just the colours and sizes that vary depending on gender, therefore I hope that this review is relevant nonetheless.
These are my fiancées favourite trainers in the world and I suppose they are mine too. He got a pair about 4 years ago and has had another 2 pairs since. I got a pair not long after him - he was always going on about how comfy they were - and I still have that same pair. The reason I have bought 1 pair and he has had 3 in total? He wears them into the ground. He didn't have them off his feet because they were so comfy! Being a girl, I had a little more to consider than just comfort and therefore my Superstars have not been worn as much as they might have been.
~~~ Product Description ~~~
Adidas Superstar trainers come in a variety of colours but the two most common are white with black detail and black with white detail. Mine are the white with black variety. A really distinguishing feature of Superstars is the "shell toe". This is a hard, round, rubber shell over the toe area. It is usually textured in some way. Mine are textured with hundreds of tiny little criss-crosses which are a pain to clean!
Superstars have a thick (about an inch), solid rubber sole which is textured and patterned on the bottom. The white outer is made from leather, the shell toe, from rubber while the inner is "textile" which I assume is just man made. The shoes are very lightly padded and the sole is shaped slightly to offer your foot maximum support.
Adidas offer a very wide range of other colour combinations including white with pink, silver, blue, red or green detail. Red with blue detail; blue with pale blue detail... the list goes on. The detail can also be leather, suede or manmade. Personally I like the suede but that only seems to be available in the adult sizes (and I have child's feet). You can also customise a pair on their website.
~~~ My Experience ~~~
After my boyfriend got his Superstars, my old Converse trainers (not Chucks!) started to fall apart. I liked the look of the Superstars (very Brit-pop) and he was always going on about how comfy they were, so I decided to get a pair myself. Now, being a size 2.5uk is usually a total headache for me when it comes to buying shoes. They never fit, I rarely get nice high heels that fit, I hate it. However, when buying branded trainers, my tiny feet always work to my advantage. I got my children's Superstars for £20 while other people have to pay £45 and above! Children's Superstars are exactly the same as the adult version in terms of shape, materials and general look of the shoe. The only difference is that they have different colour combinations available if you are buying men's, women's or children's Superstars.
When putting the shoes on I was pleasantly surprised to find that they fit snugly around my heel and ankle - usually all shoes are too wide here. They give excellent support around this part of your foot and feel really secure. The lightly shaped foot bed is excellent for providing support for your arches and generally cradling your foot. Up towards the toe end of the shoe you will find that you have lots of wiggle room for your toes. The rounded shell toe means that there seems to be a lot of space here, but the shoes fit really well and are extremely comfortable.
Now, as a girl, used to wearing wee flat pumps, Converse and dainty high heels, Superstars can feel a little bit clumpy at times. They are thick, fairly heavy and quite wide around the toe so it takes a little bit of getting used to. However, they are so incredibly comfortable. I can vouch for this because I have nightmare feet. I have skinny, narrow heels and ankles and really narrow feet with high arches. Hardly any shoes are as comfortable as these! They have never given me a blister; they have never given me sore feet. They are always comfy and soft and easy to walk for miles in.
My fiancée has had the same experience. His Superstars are the most comfortable shoes he owns. He wears them all the time because they are so comfortable. The only problem is that he wears them until they literally fall off of his feet.
The first two pairs he had fell apart through complete over use. They were hard wearing, tough, been through all sorts of adventures with him and eventually had to be replaced because they were - to use a good Scottish word - manky. They had mud ingrained in them and they were looking basically, a bit over used. However, the third pair he got at Christmas (a present and running joke from yours truly) has actually started to come apart at the soles. This was a complete surprise for us because this has never happened before. Mine are still going strong after 4 years and his very well worn pairs certainly lasted through much more use than most trainers would.
I am not sure how or why this latest pair have given up the ghost so quickly. The sole was literally flapping off after about 4 months. It looks like bad workmanship on the shoes to be honest. It is disappointing and especially annoying as I did not keep the receipt, such was my faith in the product.
My mum's Superstars were bought around the same time as mine and again, they are completely fine. We are at a loss as to whether Adidas have perhaps begun to skip on production value or maybe this was a one off fluke. I'm leaning towards the fluke because so many people have had such great wear out of these trainers.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
These are still my favourite trainers of this kind and I will continue to wear mine. After the falling apart fiasco my fiancée has bought I different style of Adidas trainers which are also very comfortable. I think that these are an excellent, comfortable trainer which are good for general sport/walking etc. They are usually excellent quality and feel really good on.
The one thing I would say is that if you buy a pair, keep your receipt incase anything happens because although they are a very well trusted, high quality brand, the unexpected can happen due to poor workmanship.
I was going to give these shoes 5 stars for excellent comfort, value and durability but because of what happened with the latest pair, I am deducting a star.
Adidas Superstars are available from most sport shops and online. Prices vary according to style, size and whether it is men's, women's or children's. My advice is that if you have up to size 4 feet, check out the children's ones first as they are always cheaper even although they are exactly the same!
Summary: Great shoe for general walking etc, not a sports shoe.