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Adidas launches Velosamba SPD cycling shoes for city cyclists

The coated leather upper draws on the brand’s popular Samba design, while the sole is cycling-specific

Adidas has launched an SPD version of its classic Samba shoe to “meet the needs of a young and burgeoning generation of cyclists that are building a creative, diverse and city-based cycling culture.” This is the brand’s second cycling footwear launch in four months after a 15-year hiatus.

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The Velosamba Cycling Shoe brings cycling specific features to the brand’s iconic Samba football shoe. The SPD compatible shoe is said to draw on Adidas’ street style heritage and expertise in cycling—the mainstream footwear brand produced cycling shoes as far back as the 60s, but ended its cycling line in 2005.

“The ambition behind Velosamba was to create a shoe that fused street style with the outsole technology, providing a seamless experience both on and off the bike that enables wearers to be more agile and shift from bike to foot with ease”, says Adidas. 

Laces are used for the closure system, while a recycled nylon insole board is included for stiffness.

Visibility on the roads is catered for with three reflective stripes as well as reflective heel details.

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The rubber cup outsole, which promises to be hard-wearing, has a cut-out window for two-bolt SPD cleats, which Adidas says is to “provide a seamless transition for wearers to explore on-foot”.

Adidas launched its three-bolt cycling shoe, the Road Shoes (£130), in November which aimed to improve accessibility to the sport, and is further achieving this through its new two-bolt offering for commuters and city cyclists.

This year we also reported that Adidas Outdoor collaborated with Megmeister to create an eco-friendly wool base layer for cycling, with technical Drynamo technology.

Available now for £100, the Velosamba comes in four colourways — cream white, core black, acid yellow and crew navy—so city cyclists can match to their individual style.

Would you like to see more mainstream footwear brands provide cycling compatible versions of their iconic designs? Let us know in the comments below...

www.adidas.co.uk

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BudgieJohnson | 9 months ago
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What I really want is a pair of SDP Five Ten Trail Cross winter boot/shoe......

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don simon fbpe | 3 years ago
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Shame they're not the Ewan McGregor style Samba, there's something about that moulded sole that puts me off. A great idea, I used to work/ride in a pair of Five Tens with great success.

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Dr Winston | 3 years ago
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Yeah...good....

I like my retro bikes and also like a ride and a walk, or whatever occurs. I've advocated the use of squash/badminton shoes for years for retro riders using clipped pedals of old....a nice easy transition between riding and walking.  This post is just a modern version of that. 
good stuff.

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riggbeck | 3 years ago
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"15-year hiatus"? Do shoes for flat pedals don't count.

The Adidas Terrex Trail Cross SL now sold with 5:10 Co branding for its 3rd generation is a great mtb shoe that's been around for a few years now.

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janusz0 | 3 years ago
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These would make good stealth shoes for the pub*.  They would also be the first Adidas shoes I've worn since the days of nailing cleats to the soles!

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wtjs | 3 years ago
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I have experienced much mocking from my daughters for wearing an Adidas mask which I found on the road. There must be some sort of image problem there!

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RoubaixCube replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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I think part of the problem is youre picking up used masks off the side of the road. Nevermind what brand they are.

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wtjs replied to RoubaixCube | 3 years ago
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Nope! No problem here. We have discovered something known as 'washing'.

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Awavey replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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youve read that other thread about the stuff people find on the road right ? washing, Id want it bleached in industrial strength chemicals before I even touched it, let alone put it near my face  1

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RoubaixCube replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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wtjs wrote:

Nope! No problem here. We have discovered something known as 'washing'.

Thats up to you. Common sense dictates to me that i dont pick that shit up. I dont whose owned it, I dont know who last used it, I dont know if the last person had respiratory illnesses or skin diseases and i dont know how long its been tossed on the side of the road.

I would rather pay a few quid for a fresh mask then run the risk of wearing someone elses filthy mask despite not being a total neanderthal and owning a washing machine, dishwasher and a steam cleaner.

Ive seen stuff like old hifi and computer equipment that has been dashed on the side of the road that i have picked up and successfully repaired and sold on -- To me that is perfectly acceptable, Ive even picked up spent BIC lighters to salvage their flint for my zippo -- That too is perfectly acceptable.

But something that you wear over your face?? If i was to pick it up, it would only be to incinerate it.

dont be that silly.

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wtjs replied to RoubaixCube | 3 years ago
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Thats up to you

Indeed! I'm still here about 9 months after finding the mask. I did consider whether there was any parallel with people who decide (and there is no proposal to abolish this choice) not to wear a cycling helmet- and decided there wasn't. I showed the photo of my helmet broken in the fall for the benefit of those who think you can just grit your teeth, be a man, and shrug off that sort of cranial impact. So that's a real hazard, whereas weaing a ask found by he roadside is an imaginary hazard born of soppy squeamishness.

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lesterama | 3 years ago
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If Adidas made wide shoes I would definitely buy these

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Liam Cahill | 3 years ago
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I require a pair for pub rides.

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EddyBerckx | 3 years ago
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oh yes....been waiting for these since the road launch!!

Saying that...possibly too casual to look right with lycra  1

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Organon replied to EddyBerckx | 3 years ago
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Nah, they are perfect for stepping straight off the bike onto the podium.

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