The Adidas Samba is an indoor soccer shoe. It is among Adidas’ most popular shoes, being the second highest selling Adidas design ever with over 35 million pairs sold worldwide, behind the Adidas Stan Smith. It has been produced in a variety of color schemes, yet the original black with three white stripes is by far the most popular. The shoe features a tan gumsole that distinguishes it from other Adidas shoes.
The shoe was first produced in 1949 to enable association football players to train on icy, hard ground (hence the suction design on the gumsole). Its original design featured the classic three stripes, as well as the gold trefoil on the foldable tongue. As years progressed, the Samba evolved into the Samba Millennium (which was made without the extended tongue) and the Samba ’85. Classic models of the shoe are still in production, under the name Classic M. The original model is sometimes used for training, street play, and futsal.