The Samba Sneaker Is The It Shoe Of The Moment - Here's How To Style It

The Samba is one of Adidas' most popular and iconic shoes. This classic sneaker never completely goes out of style, but it's undergoing another resurgence with celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, and Kaia Gerber sporting pairs on their day off. 

Casual and versatile, the Adidas Samba is a rather simple shoe with an interesting history. Originally created in 1949, the Samba was designed as a soccer shoe that enabled players to run on all types of surfaces, from grass to wood courts. While the function and silhouette of the shoe have changed over time, it's still just as utilitarian with a durable and grippy rubber outsole that gives it its iconic look. Beyond style, Sambas are great for some of your athletic pursuits as well, like for biking to work, skateboarding, or light hikes (who doesn't love a stylish and practical shoe).

Best of all, Sambas are comfortable and can go with almost anything, so they're pretty much the perfect everyday sneaker. They capture that cool, laid-back look, so they'll always pair well with an athletic outfit, street style look, or a pair of blue jeans — but they'll look just as good with a floral dress, mini skirt, or tailored trousers, as well. We've rounded up some Samba sneaker styling inspiration pics, so you can rock this season's popular shoe.

Baggy denim shorts

Casual, cool, and just a touch sporty, Adidas Sambas are the ideal shoe for this warm-weather outfit. Along with this year's "it girl" shoe, it's the little details that make this outfit extra trendy. Longer and baggier denim shorts are the fashion-forward choice for summer and go well with the laid-back look of Sambas. If you want to add an athletic-inspired touch, wear your Sambas with white high socks and a sporty headband to get a similar look to this inspo photo.

Wide leg tailored trousers

Although Sambas are casual shoes, it doesn't mean you can't pair them with your preppier outfits. Whether you work in a casual office setting or you just really love the recent trend towards trousers, Sambas are a comfortable shoe to pair with your favorite tailored pair. Choose a wide-leg silhouette, which is the go-to style right now for a more modern look.

A maxi dress

Sneakers and maxi dresses are a somewhat unlikely but very welcome combination. On instinct, you might reach for strappy sandals to pair with your maxi dress, but when you need that extra support, why not try on a pair of Sambas instead? This sneaker is extra comfy and dresses down flowy dresses and skirts, so they look more casual for day-to-day wear.

A layered street style look

Sambas have that cool factor, so it makes sense that they would elevate a street style outfit. They're popular enough to be recognizable but also mainstream enough so it doesn't look like you're trying too hard. Plus, since there are plenty of neutral colorways, you can truly pair them with almost any street style look.

A long denim skirt

We've been seeing long denim skirts everywhere lately. They're practical and chic, so we think they deserve a spot in everyone's spring and summer wardrobe. Just like other skirts, they'll go nicely with a range of shoes, including Sambas. Sambas can give a long denim skirt a dressed-down, sporty vibe, especially when paired with a baseball cap like in this look.

Classic blue jeans

Sneakers and blue jeans. Need we say more? This combination is timeless and will never go out of style. Light wash, dark wash, all other colors, and all silhouettes, the low profile and narrow fit of Sambas suits any pair of jeans, making them the perfect everyday combination. Since Sambas come in both neutral and colorful shades, they're a good way to add character to your plain jeans outfit.

Patterns on patterns

While Sambas do display the iconic three Adidas stripes, they're a pretty simple sneaker. That means they pair just as well with patterned clothes as your plainer outfits. Mixing patterns and pairing a long skirt with a casual sneaker makes this outfit look like a bit of a mish-mash but in the best way possible — it's creative and out-of-the-box but so on-trend when paired with this popular shoe.

An oversized blazer

Casual blazer looks have been all the rage lately, and one easy way to achieve this style is to wear a blazer with sneakers. Adidas Sambas are one of our favorite picks since they're sleek enough to look somewhat professional but casual enough to dress a blazer outfit way down. It's another look that's great for casual workplaces or to throw on after work if you're grabbing a bite to eat with friends.

A schoolgirl skirt

There's something youthful and fun (not to mention comfortable) about wearing a mini skirt with sneakers. Lean into this vibe by pairing your Sambas with a cute schoolgirl-inspired skirt. This combination is a great way to put together a sporty preppy look. Adding high socks and a collared blouse, like in this inspiration photo, really pulls the look together.

A classy pantsuit

Another fabulous choice for professional women (or those of us who just love a good pantsuit), a matching pantsuit and Sambas tow the line between cool and professional. And if you're running from meeting to meeting, they'll keep you comfortable, too. Dress like the cool boss that everyone wants to work for with this winning combination.

A mini skirt

Looking for a casual night out look? If you're off to the local bar with friends, there's no need to throw on the heels (unless you want to, of course). Sneakers are a totally appropriate night-out shoe for most places nowadays, and our feet are thankful for this latest sneaker trend. You'll definitely want to go with a more fashionable shoe than your gym runners though, so slim and trendy Sambas are the perfect pick.

Fleecy joggers

We probably don't need to tell you that your favorite joggers and your favorite sneakers are a good outfit — the comfort will have you convinced before you even consider how it looks. But there is something elevated about pairing joggers with a current popular shoe style like Sambas. It just gives this basic outfit the extra cool factor to take it from a lazy day look to one that's worthy of showing off.

A sporty matching set

Bring your Sambas back to their athletic roots by pairing them with a sporty matching set (or really any athleisure look). One of the pros of Sambas is that they're actually practical. Their utilitarian design isn't just for show, and they'll work well for light activities like a day running errands around town, a casual bike ride, or an impromptu soccer game.

A trench coat

A neutral trench coat is one of those jacket options that truly goes with any spring or winter shoe, be it heels, boots, or of course, Sambas. This minimalist outfit is toned down but oozes cool. We love how the coat matches with the gray accents on the shoes to make the look more cohesive.

Play with color

While neutral black or white Sambas are more popular, this iconic shoe also comes in various bright colors. Adidas Sambas are available in red, blue, pink, purple, and more, ideal for if you have a more colorful fashion sense. As is the case with any colorful shoe, you can match your shoe color with your accessories to make the outfit look more put-together, for example, with the color of your headband like in this cute look.