This $70 Sneaker Has Reached Cult Status, And I Have The Outfits to Prove It

Buzzy items that take hold over the fashion community usually come with a steep price tag—Toteme’s internet-famous scarf coat, Balenciaga’s Cagole knee boots, Miu Miu’s ballet flats, the list goes on—but there is some financial relief when it comes to It-sneakers. In this world, it’s usually the simplest or most “norm-core” styles that get the most attention (just look at the eternal popularity of Chuck Taylor hi-tops or Nike Blazers), and they’re usually relatively affordable. The latest entry in this It-sneaker canon? Adidas Samba sneaker.

From Paris to New York fashion people have embraced the classic soccer sneaker, pairing it with everything from maxi skirts to tailored trousers and jeans. Its narrow silhouette and streamlined design make them ideal for almost any type of look, and the Samba’s practicality means it’s infinitely easy to style. But in case you’re low on ideas, we gathered a few fashion-girl approved outfits to reference when times get tough. Keep scrolling to seem them all. 

First, let’s get to the sneakers: while the Samba does come in a variety of special edition colorways, the main colors people seem to love are classic black and white. Both seem to be popular among fashion people, so it all comes down to personal preference. Since they’re gaining traction online, it’s better to jump on them now than later. Getting them via Amazon seems to be the cheapest and most time-efficient option.

Style tip: Shearling jacket season is in full swing, so it makes perfect sense to pair the cold weather staple with jeans and a pair of Samba sneakers.

Style tip: If going full shearling and leather is too aggressive opt for a suede topper instead. A shade of tan feels both autumnal and elevated. 

Style tip: Turns out the Adidas Samba and a midi skirt are a prime combo. To dress it down, throw on an easy flannel shirt. 

Style tip: If you’re deep into this season’s trends, you probably already own another major trend blowing up right now—a distressed leather jacket. Here’s an easy way to pull it off for the everyday.

Style tip: Some of the best outfits reinterpret standard dress codes like this polished meets relaxed combination of loose trousers, a chunky cable knit sweater, and Samba sneakers.

Style tip: This slip dress is the ultimate one-and-done, but its powers become magnified with the addition of cool sneakers. Add a tailored coat for extra sophistication.

Style tip: A blazer and jeans are a fashion girl go-to, but the tried and true pairing feels even more leveled up with the addition of cool kicks.

Style tip: While we’re on the topic of maxi skirts, why not try it with a simple tank top and sneakers?

Style tip: Navy striped sweaters are one of those preppy pieces that prove their worth season after season. For a modern take, wear it with a micro mini skirt (stockings or no stockings, it’s up to you), and of course, Sambas.

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