Adidas released a Superstar golf shoe to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic leather shoe that was originally built for basketball and later became a streetwear staple. The simple white golf shoe features the iconic three-stripe Adidas tag in black and is finished with gold-foiled details honoring the cross-generational sneaker. A first of its kind for the golf collection, the Adidas Superstar golf shoe is available now in limited quantities.
The golf version of the Adidas Superstar ($130) is almost an exact replica of the original street shoe with on-course technology blended seamlessly into the design. Made with a waterproof full-grain leather upper, the trademark three-striped design, rubber shell toe and gold foil “Superstar” lettering remain intact. Six cleats were integrated into the sole of the shoe, accompanied by a scattering of secondary lugs for performance-ready traction and stability.
The Adidas Superstar originally launched in the late 1960s as a performance shoe and was put on the map when basketball star Kareem Adbul-Jabbar wore the leather kicks during his stand out 1970-1971 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Most basketball players wore canvas shoes at the time and Adidas saw a need to provide a more durable alternative with a reinforced toe to support rapid change in direction on the court.
Hip Hop group Run-D.M.C cemented the shoe’s style prominence off the court with the release of the song “My Adidas” in 1986. The group wore the shoe sans laces and often paired with Adidas tracksuits. Adidas penned a million-dollar deal with the group—an endorsement that was first of its kind between a musical group and a major corporation.
The simple leather shoe has since been a mainstay in the fashion world and has seen a resurgence in the last few years as sneakers remain at the top of the style charts. The golf version is expected to be a hit among nostalgic Adidas fans and fashion-forward golfers alike.
“The Superstar is a timeless piece of footwear that’s recognized and worn by people all over the world,” Adidas Golf global footwear direction Masun Denison said. “It’s always stood for those that are eager to push boundaries as well as stand out from the crowd, and we wanted to bring that style and mentality to the course.”