If you’re bored of adidas Sambas, these 13 alternatives are the perfect swap for summer

Classic with a twist

Franki Dammone wearing gola classics trainers - best adidas samba alternatives
(Image credit: Franki Dammone, Oliver Bonas, Net-a-Porter)

It truly has been the year of the elevated trainer. While we can thank the hugely viral adidas Samba for kickstarting our obsession with its quietly elegant design, we’ve clearly all moved on to newer, alternative styles.

Colourful trainers! Retro styles! And even (*gasp*) the surprising return of the wedge trainer, these new designs all have the same ‘elevated casual’ vibe as our much-loved Sambas, but with a summery twist. Enter: the best adidas Samba alternatives to shop.

These statement trainers are still an elevated take on the casual - but take it one step further, with uplifting colourful designs you simply have to throw on with boyfriend jeans and a simple white tee for an elevated yet deceptively comfy look. That’s exactly the type of low-effort, high-impact dressing I’m after. The Dolce & Gabbana trainers linked below, for example, speak to every one of my cravings for vintage design: unapologetically retro and achingly cool.

This influencer-approved trend is everywhere ATM - my social feed seems to be filled with the adidas Originals Gazelle and SL 72 styles. And it’s no wonder, as they pair perfectly with pretty much everything - from summer dresses and high-ankle socks to linen trousers and co-ords. But there are even more Samba alternatives out there than just these two.

In this unpredictable British summer weather, I’m never sure whether to bring an umbrella or pair of sunglasses out with me. Most often, I require both. The best adidas Samba alternatives offer a practical (yet chic) alternative to my favourite go-with-everything sandals, without compromising on a summery style. How perfect.

So I’ve done all the hard work for you and picked out the best adidas Samba alternatives available to shop right now. You are very welcome.

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Valeza Bakolli
Junior Shopping Editor

Valeza Bakolli is Marie Claire’s Junior Shopping Editor. She previously worked at BuzzFeed, where she honed her skills in all things shopping - from gift guide curation to being first on the scene to feature the latest fashion and beauty drops. She’s made it her mission to encourage people to shop mindfully and with purpose. That’s why she dedicates hours of her time every day to finding the best products online so you don’t have to - from small and sustainable businesses wherever possible, of course.