Adidas Limited Edition SAMBA Golf Shoes
Introduced way back in 1950, the original SAMBA was created for soccer players to train on hard, icy ground and quickly evolved to become a dominant indoor soccer shoe. Today, the SAMBA has sold more than 35 million pairs worldwide and now, for the first time, golfers can showcase the legendary footwear on the golf course... and even represent their favorite major championship! A while back we were presented with a pair of SAMBAs from our good friends over at Taylormade Golf, who actually are owned by shoe manufacturing giant Adidas. Per usual we ran these shoes through the gauntlet. How did they fair? Well, you'll have to read a little further to find that out.
In the mean time check out these close-ups!
The Masters: SOLD OUT.
US Open: Available - NOW!
British Open: Available - June 15th. (first picture above)
PGA Championship: Available - July 15th
Also available now in standard (non limited edition) colors as well:
- Water-resistant, synthetic leather and textile upper provide soft, lightweight and durable performance.
- 6-Spike configuration with THINTECH low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.
- Limited Edition Majors Collection: Each shoe is individually numbered on the heel (1-1950). Comes with custom gold script limited edition sock-liner. Limited edition SAMBA collection postcard in each box.
Comfort: (9 out of 10) Without even breaking them in, the SAMBAs are already comfortable, but after spending a few rounds walking the course they become even more comfy, practically molding to your feet! There's a reason why the SAMBA shoe has proven to be so popular over the years, and it's not only they're iconic styling queues. I can say from first hand experience that when sized properly these shoes will produce no discomfort or blistering even before they've been fully broken in. A feat most golf shoes struggle to achieve.
Design: (9.5 out of 10) There's not much we can say about he design of the SAMBA that hasn't been already covered in the past 62 years. They're hip, a little old school and now they're integrated with new technology that any golfer can appreciate. The addition of the 6 golf spikes and the THINTECH low profile design give the SAMBAs a serious dose of functionality that translates quite well on the golf course.
Stability: (9 out of 10) First produced as a soccer shoe, the SAMBA is very stable by design. During our testing we noticed no significant loss of balance when swinging clubs or otherwise. If you're already a person who struggles with balance throughout your golf swing, these shoes may not cure it, but they definitely will not add to your wobbly woes.
Traction: (9 out of 10) Our testing proved that these golf shoes mean business. The six golf spikes hold tight to just about and surface you'll come into contact with on the course. Even if you're fishing your ball out of the drink on a slippery shore... not that we spent a lot of time doing that!
Value: (9.5 out of 10) Priced at $100 for the standard edition and just $20 extra for the limited edition we found the value to price ratio to be excellent with the SAMBAs. And since they're a product of Adidas, they're backed by a 90 comfort guarantee.
The Bottom Line
: For golfers who are in need of a shoe that will give them all the traction and comfort they require while still offering trendy old school style, we suggest you look no further than the SAMBA from Adidas & Taylormade Golf
. We put them through hell over the past month and they're still clawing away at fairways and greens! Do yourself a favor and check out the SAMBA in-person at your local sporting goods store if you get a chance and try them on. We think you'll quickly understand exactly what we're talking about!