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Terrific shoes. Great looks. Normal sizing. Fantastic price. What more could you want?
on March 8, 2016
Two things worried me when ordering my Sambas, recently: 1) all the reviews that said the sizing was either too large or too small compared to what folks expected; and 2) the squeaking (which is supposedly caused by the tongue rubbing against the inside of the shoes).
I normally wear a size 10 US Mens, and, in fact, have some other Adidas sneakers of that size that fit fine. So that's what I ordered for my Sambas, and I'm glad I did: they fit perfectly. The length and width are both just right for a size 10. Like my other Adidas soccer shoes (some turfs and some indoor, non-Sambas), these have almost no arch support and very little padding. I don't understand why Adidas can't or doesn't address this by simply adding a good insert. But whatever. They're still comfortable enough for me to wear all day ... and that's what I've been doing. (And I've gotten several nice compliments about my new Sambas, too.)
As for the squeaking ... it hasn't been a problem. Not yet, anyway. I've worn them a little more than 3 full days, which may not be enough, yet. But so far, the shoes seem to be softening and breaking in nicely, and there's not a hint of squeaking. Maybe as they age a bit more. But if that happens, I plan to just put a ton of leather conditioner on the tongue and the inside of the tops of the shoes, to try to make them more supple. I'll update this is they start to squeak eventually, and whether I'm successful addressing it. I'm hoping Adidas has already taken care of the problem and that that just hasn't yet been communicated.
So, overall, I'm very happy with my new Sambas. They look great. They're comfortable. They weren't that expensive. And (so far) they don't squeak.
UPDATE (4/17/16): I've had these sneakers about 2 months now, and wear them pretty much every day, all day. They've actually become my favorite shoes for all-around use, and they've gotten more and more comfortable as they've "broken in." As for squeaking ... there isn't any. None. And I haven't done anything to them to prevent any squeaks. So, it seems that maybe Adidas addressed the issue and fixed the tongues. I will admit the tongue seems like an odd material -- sort of a plastic-y covered foam rubber feeling. But it's not uncomfortable, and it doesn't squeak. Is it just the white ones like I have? Maybe. But I'm happy enough with these that I'm going to order another pair in a different color.