The iconic adidas Samba goes vegan

The adidas Samba, with its classic rubber sole silhouette, comes back in 2020. This time, in a cruelty free version. But this is not the only step adidas takes to make footwear animal free.


In 2018, adidas launched their first vegan version of one of their most legendary models. They did this in collaboration with Stella McCartney, well-known for her approach on sustainability and environmental care. That’s how the vegan Stan Smith appears, followed now by the Samba and the Continental 80. Both feature the “Adidas Original Vegan” logo embossed as part of a collection called “Our Icons Go Vegan”.

And we are not just talking about leather here. In a sneaker, even certain materials which might seem to not be related to animals, usually includes certain processes that go back to animal products. This is for example the case for glue, which is fully vegan in this Samba. Furthermore, the Continental 80 also use an ecological EVA foam for the midsole, made out of a foam derived from seaweed that helps to clean contaminated water.

The Samba boast adidas’ distinctive terrace style, about to now conquer new territories. The new model remains completely faithful to the original design, with the characteristic T toe to pay homage to its roots. The upper is made from recycled synthetic material with PU lining, with an extremely soft finish.

Adidas defines this movement as “a further step towards the right direction”.

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Go get now your vegan adidas Samba.