Hype Meter: adidas Special Edition Samba Spikeless Golf Shoes
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Hype Meter: adidas Special Edition Samba Spikeless Golf Shoes

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Hype Meter: adidas Special Edition Samba Spikeless Golf Shoes

You’ve heard about them, maybe seen them too. Everyday products are being hyped in your Twitter and Instagram feeds. They’re sometimes endorsed by pros, celebrities, and influencers alike. But do they live up to the hype? We take a closer look.

adidas Samba Spikeless Golf Shoe

What Are Golfers Talking About?

We know how well adidas golf shoes have tested over the years but does the Samba line live up to the Tour360 reputation?

For those adidas Samba fanatics who really don’t care if they perform well should just scroll down and hit that BUY NOW button.

Those who care about performance should keep reading.

adidas Samba Spikeless Golf Shoe

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Hi, I’m Harry and I am a professional golf shoe tester. (Yes, they exist.) I actually test a lot of things at MyGolfSpy and play professionally when I’m not checking and comparing specs on gloves, rangefinders, bags, ball retrievers, etc. You can call me the Director of Soft Goods Testing here at MGS. You can also just call me Harry. That’s fine, too.

adidas Spikeless Golf Shoe

Why the Hype?

Simple: adidas Samba! The Samba has been around since adidas was founded, it seems. In its early years, the adidas Samba shoes were worn as an indoor soccer shoe. Its casual yet stylish look makes it versatile for smart casual attire, sporting venues, casual wear … the list goes on. Plus they have been worn by some famous people like Jonah Hill, Kendall Jenner and Frank Ocean.

Since the first drop of Sambas, they have been a hit. So when any limited-edition versions of these shoe hit the market, you will be lucky to get your mitts on a pair. It’s that simple. They really sell themselves.

The real question today is how do the new adidas Sambas perform when put through the rigorous Most Wanted Golf Shoe protocol?

adidas golf shoe

Where The Hype is Coming From?

adidas has a cult-like following—in a good way, of course. The Samba is one line that helped adidas grow to the size it is today. If you like it, you live by it. adidas diehards are ready to buy almost anything they put out.

adidas Samba Spikeless Golf Shoe

Assessing the adidas Samba Spikeless Golf Shoe Hype

Let’s break down the men’s golf shoe market quickly. There are spiked and spikeless. Typically to be categorized as a spiked shoe, the spikes have to be removable. A spikeless shoe doesn’t have removable spikes, the studs are traditionally rubber and cover the entire sole of the shoe. The adidas Samba golf shoe definitely falls into the spikeless category. A golf sneaker, if you will.

In recent years, we’ve seen the spikeless category start to split from a strictly golf look to a lifestyle look. The adidas Sambas fall solidly into the lifestyle category. They’re essentially a casual shoe with some rubber spikes on the bottom.

After running the adidas Samba through the Most Wanted shoe protocol, it would have fallen in the middle of the pack. The comfort level was fine and will break in over time. Its traction is, again, just OK. What I liked was its style but that’s because I grew up wearing Sambas for soccer. Other than that, the adidas Sambas were middle of the pack for stability, traction and comfort. Where you might get into trouble is the elements aspect. Its suede material attracts dirt.

That said, adidas has made a classic look young and fun for the golf course. I would wear them for casual rounds but never for tournament play.

Do They Live Up To the Hype?

The Bottom Line

I understand these aren’t designed to win the Most Wanted seal of approval but those who want to have a few beers on the course and look good doing so should grab these. Those who want performance should stick to the Tour360 or FootJoy Tour Alphas spiked shoes.

If we’re basing the Samba on performance, it’s middle of the road at best. However, I don’t believe their target audience cares about performance. It’s all about the heritage and style of the shoe for them. With that in mind, I would say it’s up there on the Hype Meter.

What do you think about the Special Edition Samba Golf Shoe? Do you love it or hate it?

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      Steve

      2 years ago

      I just bought a pair of these, I wear exclusively Sambas for my everyday sneaker and have for years. As a big soccer fan and fan of the shoe I had to get a pair. My typical foursome will appreciate the on and off course continuity

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      Chris

      2 years ago

      I’m not really understanding all the spikeless shoes with almost no traction – they look like tennis shoes to me. I primarily wear Adidas golf shoes but the majority of the “golf” shoes they now make are spikeless. I play in Seattle and if the grass is even a little damp with dew my feet would slip and 10 months a year the ground is just wet…these may work in a much drier environment than ours.

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      Mike

      2 years ago

      Never understood why anyone would think about wearing shoes on the golf course & then wear them to a trendy nightspot. I do own more than one pair of shoes!

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      Kevin

      2 years ago

      I’ve got a pair of Samba and Hamburg’s that I wear as everyday trainers but if these golf ones don’t have extra cushioning then there is no way I’d be walking 6 to 7 miles in them. Would be as well as walking in your bare feet.

      Throw in that they are suede and you will need to use Reshoevn8r on them after every round. I’ll stick to the Tour 360’s for golf thanks.

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      Simon White

      2 years ago

      First off, no to the colour selection. I’ve a sneaky feeling the pre-production meeting would have had them all giggling when the price point was brought up, they will of course then be reminded that these shoes (neither fish nor fowl in design or execution) are aimed at gullible golfers who can be charged the earth for practically any product.

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      Brad

      2 years ago

      I bought 2 pairs ‘nough said. Sambas have been in my shoe rotation for a number of years and I couldn’t not get them. Golf isn’t all about scores and competition. Get out, take a walk and enjoy the 3 Stripes.

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      elvis14

      2 years ago

      If they had the classic black with 3 white stripes like the Sambas I played indoor soccer in, I’d be all about them on the golf course. I’m not a fan of any of the colors offered. Love the style of the Samba.

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      Ron

      2 years ago

      As a (casual) street shoe… Nothing new, Nothing special, Rather high price point… Puma, Vans, Lacoste have had them in their line-up for years. Personally, I have been a Puma fan for most of my life.

      As a golf shoe, definitely not. I’ll stick to Puma (currently Alphacats) and also own 2 pairs of super-comfortable, although rather expensive ECCOs.

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      Kevin C

      2 years ago

      I’d wear Sambas as a casual street shoe, but no way I’m spending $120 as I have a similar pair I paid < $50 for. Definitely no way I'm spending $120 for a pair as a golf shoes. I don't see the appeal, but I'm also probably too old to be the target market

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      Tim

      2 years ago

      Personally I wouldn’t wear them for golf. Maybe for a casual throw back. Off the course. CodeChaos however is a winner – style, traction, comfort. Maybe getting a little too out there as far as color pathways go. Hard to beat the comfort of CC.

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      Martin Brown

      2 years ago

      Sadly already only two sizes remaining in white at the Adidas site!

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      Jim

      2 years ago

      junk, cheap looking, would not wear as a street shoe, and surely not as a golf shoe ; I would guess these cost about $5 to produce

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