LAFC and Adidas are dropping a soccer-inspired sneaker collab on Aug. 22

Emilee Geist

The Adidas Originals X LAFC Street by Street Samba sneakers ($90), which drop at retail stores and online on Aug. 22, mark the first MLS club partnership on the soccer-inspired style that first launched in 1950. <span class="copyright">(Adidas Creators Network)</span>
The Adidas Originals X LAFC Street by Street Samba sneakers ($90), which drop at retail stores and online on Aug. 22, mark the first MLS club partnership on the soccer-inspired style that first launched in 1950. (Adidas Creators Network)

The Los Angeles Football Club and Adidas Originals have teamed up to create a cobranded Samba silhouette, earning LAFC the distinction of being the first Major League Soccer team to have its own version of the popular sneaker style.

Two versions of the Adidas Originals X LAFC Samba were announced Tuesday. One is scheduled to drop at retail stores and online on Aug. 22 while the other won’t be hitting retail at all. Both make heavy use of the LAFC’s black and gold team colors.

The version you will be able to cop, the Street by Street Samba ($90), features a black upper with Adidas’ signature three-stripe detail rendered in metallic gold and the City of Angels’ name appearing in gold parallel to the top stripe. One insole is printed with the team’s philosophy-rallying cry, “Street X Street, Block X Block, One X One” and the Adidas trefoil logo; the other features the LAFC’s Art Deco-style winged crest, which is also emblazoned on the removable tongue of each sneaker.

Interior details of the Adidas Originals X LAFC Samba sneaker include the team crest in one shoe and its rallying cry in the other. <span class="copyright">(Adidas Creators Network)</span>
Interior details of the Adidas Originals X LAFC Samba sneaker include the team crest in one shoe and its rallying cry in the other. (Adidas Creators Network)

The other version — the Heart of Gold Samba — is essentially the same sneaker with the same club details but with a gold metallic finish over it. According to Tuesday’s announcement, that gold overlay is designed to fade with wear, eventually revealing the Street by Street Samba underneath but flecked with gold.

Although you won’t be able to buy the latter version, you could end up with a pair — if you have a heart of gold, that is.

LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye holds a pair of limited-edition Adidas Originals X LAFC sneakers in the Heart of Gold colorway that will be given to community heroes and front-line workers. <span class="copyright">(Adidas Creators Network)</span>
LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye holds a pair of limited-edition Adidas Originals X LAFC sneakers in the Heart of Gold colorway that will be given to community heroes and front-line workers. (Adidas Creators Network)

That’s because the limited-edition Heart of Gold Sambas are being donated to Los Angeles community heroes and front-line workers selected by the team for “being selfless citizen[s] and doing good in the local community.” (In other words, if you end up seeing a pair of these golden kicks out in the wild, a “thank you” is most likely in order.)

Although three other MLS clubs (Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich) have forged sneaker partnerships with Adidas, the LAFC’s distinction of being the first soccer team to have a cobranded Samba is particularly noteworthy.

That’s because the popular silhouette, first introduced in 1950, takes its inspiration from the sport. (The distinctive tan gum outsole, for example, was meant to help players get traction on icy terrain.) It probably also wasn’t much of a stretch collaboration-wise because the Germany-based athletic shoe and apparel maker has worked with the team to design each season’s kit since the team’s inaugural 2018 season.

The Adidas X LAFC Street by Street Samba ($90) will be available for purchase at adidas.com, WSS, Fanatics and Niky’s Sports.

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