The Adidas Superstar takes a lot of the softer flexing skate like qualities from the Samba but has a little more shock absorption and has a strap that can offer up a little more response when pulled tight.
James’ Feet Specs
Shoe Size: 9 with most boots/active shoes and 10 casual.
Calves (Widest Point): 17”
Calves (At top of boot): 12”
Foot Width at Widest Point: 4”
Mid Foot Width: 4”
Heel Width: 2.5”
Foot Height (Highest Point): 3”
Widest Point Arond My Ankles 11.5”
Flex: The flex can be a little more supportive and stiff up top but at the bottom there is a good break in the ankle that gives it a mellow flex on the softer side of med/soft.
Comfort: Pretty comfortable for how small the liner is and I only noticed a little pressure on the roof of my foot on the forward flex. Not sure yet if that will be an issue or if it will go away as they break in. It doesn’t have that instant comfort that some boots do but it does seem like it can become pretty comfortable.
Heel Hold: The softer fuzzy material in the liner made my socks slide pretty easy inside. I like the easy in but would love to see the same material from the ZX-500 inside that keeps your foot in the right place better than this liner.
Adjustability: There are lots of options to dial out your boots with traditional lace and a strap up top. It takes a little more work to tie knots and dial the strap out but you can do almost anything once you get into the upper zone and you can
Flex Retention: Like the articulation in the ankle. Wish there was a little more but it’s got enough to keep the flex similar to how you got it out of the box for a while.
Traction: So I love the EVA/Rubber Combo at the bottom and Adidas did this right with the Superstar. It’s got rubber in almost every place you really need traction and it gives you more than boots like the Burton AMB.
Shock Absorption: Really good shock absorption. It’s not as good as their energy boost tech but it’s better than most boots out there these days and it’s a massive improvement from the Samba.
Footprint: Super reduced! From what I’ve seen it’s the best in the industry. These are 2 size 9 boots that fit me almost exactly the same. We have noticed that there isn’t as much of a difference in larger sizes as you go up from size 9 but Adidas is still a little smaller.
On & Off Ease: Not the easiest on and off and that’s mainly because of the power strap across the top.