Adidas Originals Five-Two 3 Samba Madsaki Oct 20, 2009

Remember that Kalavinka x Adidas Samba that everyone seemed to hate on? Well, maybe not everyone. Hell, I liked them, but that’s besides the point.

Adidas remodeled their Samba for fixed gear riding and even though Highsnobiety doesn’t mention that in their post, the designers at the Adidas tent told me these Madsaki shoes are part of a larger fixed gear pack that’s due out any day now.

Some improvements made to the shoe were a stiffer sole, extra padding at the toe box and a Velcro lace cover to reduce lace wear. They had Kalavinka design one pair and Madsaki design another. To go with each shoe are a series of cut and sew items as well. I took some pics, but Flickr seems to be down at the moment. Everything I saw at the Adidas tent looked legit though, so you’ll have to take my word on it! No word on US-distro, although they did tell me these will be available in the States.

Keep watch here for future posts as events warrant.

  • robmyers

    they remind me of bowling shoes

  • nathan

    why do they have to make them look so ridiculous?? how about just regular sambas, exactly the same, just with a stiff sole and tougher toe cap. not everybody wants to rock snakeskin shoes.

  • Burd

    Are these going to come in a Stay Puft colorway?


  • dontcoast

    anyone know of really cheap shoe thats stiff ish and holds up a second?

    even IF i could drop money on blablah x blablah shoes I would still destroy them right quick. pacific northwest rains aren’t much nicer than a chicago blizzard (at least there’s no salted street)

    Maybe if it were designed to withstand brutal rain and hard riding for more than one season i would drop the kind of cash these “collabos”are sold for.

    Seems like a totally nice shoe, loads better than much garish neon crap i see these days. I would wear it and love it if someone gave me a pair. But what I really want more durability less fancy looks.

  • Clipless shoes? That’s what I’d use. Some SIDI MTB shoes with Time MTB pedals

  • Nick in NOLA

    that’s what I ride in. The vans classics are the only one’s still made in america so you can expect higher quality and better feel. reinforced toe and heel areas, and a simple, flat sole. plus they are like $35 and mine have lasted over 2 years of hard, hard riding.

  • the soles suck on all vans though. Trust me there. Once you ride a shoe with a thicker / vulcanized sole, you’ll never want to ride in Vans again.

  • kyle

    Interested to see what the Kalavinka ones look like. Im amazed that shoe companies are dropping the ball so hard on getting out a functional + stylish sneaker for bike riding. Is it so hard to put a stiff ass insole in a shoe? By the way Vans are made in China, even the classic ones.