There are only a few sneakers that have earned the title of style icons. While you have the Jordans and the Chuck Taylors, very few shoes can match the instant recognizability and longevity of the Adidas Superstar.

Believe it or not, the Superstar has been around for a while before the pioneer hip-hop group RUN DMC decided to make a song about it. In fact, as with most sneakers that have stood the test of time, the origin of the superstar is inextricably linked to the sport of basketball. It was an outcome of Adidas’ effort to make a low-top version of their basketball shoe.

Like with every other enduring design choices, the Superstar has a timeless quality to it. Similar to the simplicity of the Chucks and the coolness of Aviator sunglasses, these shoes never fail to stand out and make an impression. By now, you are probably familiar with its features: thin leather tongue and the signature rubber shell-toe.

It has undergone countless iterations while keeping its core elements intact. Needless to say, this is a shoe that has stood the test of time.

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