Best adidas Superstar Special Editions Of All Time

When it comes to retro sneakers, the adidas Superstar has earn its place among the most popular ones with its classic look but also with various special editions released by the brand over the years. Initially released in 1969 as a low top basketball shoe, this style quickly became very popular among NBA players and soon after a street icon. Decades later, the adidas Superstar is still going strong, winning the hearts of new generations with new editions enriched by endorsements of famous designers, singers or athletes.

2015- adidas Superstar XENO

ADIDAS ORIGINALS SUPERSTAR XENO REFLECTIVE SHOES MENS SIZE US 11 RED AQ8181
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR D69366 XENO REFLECTIVE SNAKESKIN 3M SUPERCOLOR BLACK SIZE 105
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Adidas Originals Superstar Xeno Grey Silver Reflective 3M D69367
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR D69366 XENO REFLECTIVE SNAKESKIN 3M SUPERCOLOR BLACK SIZE 13
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR D69366 XENO REFLECTIVE SNAKESKIN 3M SUPERCOLOR BLACK SIZE 10
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NIB ADIDAS Mens 11 SUPERSTAR XENO AQ8184 BLACK CASUAL LIFESTYLE SHOES 120 NEW
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR D69366 XENO REFLECTIVE SNAKESKIN 3M SUPERCOLOR BLACK SIZE 12
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Early in 2015 Adidas released the Xeno Pack, featuring the Superstar, ZX Flux and Metro Attitude in a all new upper material named Xeno that has the ability to reflect a iredescent effect when exposed to direct light. This technology was inspired from a snake found in Southeast Asia, named Xenopeltis. It's safe to say that this is one of the most remarkable makeovers of the adidas Superstar, one that keeps the original silhouette while giving it a futuristic look. Originally there were 2 versions released in black and grey, followed by a red and navy versions later in the year. On a time when reflective shoes are so popular, the adidas Superstar Xeno stands out with a unique look.

2015- adidas Superstar Jeremy Scott Wings Special Edition

NWT ADIDAS JS JEREMY SCOTT WINGS SUPERSTAR DOTS SHOES SIZE 11
NWT ADIDAS JS JEREMY SCOTT WINGS SUPERSTAR DOTS SHOES SIZE 11
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Adidas Jeremy Scott Superstar Wings White B26282 New Size 105 UK 10
Adidas Jeremy Scott Superstar Wings White B26282 New Size 105 UK 10
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ADIDAS ORIGINALS JEREMY SCOTT JS SUPERSTAR WINGS MENS SHOES SIZE US 7 S77814
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ADIDAS x JEREMY SCOTT SUPERSTAR WINGS WHITE BLACK SNEAKERS JS RETRO S77814
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ADIDAS ORIGINALS ObyO JEREMY SCOTT SUPERSTAR 80s RIPPLE Wing Leopard Bear RunDMC
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ADIDAS X JEREMY SCOTT JS SUPERSTAR 80S RIPPLE WHITE BLACK METALLIC GOLD G61527
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Mens Adidas Jeremy Scott Superstar Dots sz 11
Mens Adidas Jeremy Scott Superstar Dots sz 11
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ADIDAS JEREMY SCOTT JS SUPERSTAR 80S RIPPLE METALLIC GOLD DOTS G61527 SZ 105
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In 2008 Adidas started a collaboration with with fashion designer Jeremy Scott, well known for his wild designs. This collaboration brought some one of a kind editions of adidas classics customized with bears, moneys or wings among others that fans either loved or hated. In 2011 the Superstar "Ripple" was released featuring gold polka dots, a Jeremy Scott signature detail. However, it wasn't until 2015 that the adidas Superstar "Wings" edition was released in its OG colorway with the famous wings attached to the classic shelltoe, giving the iconic silhouette a distinctive, modern look.

2015 - adidas Superstar "Supercolor" by Pharrell Williams

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ADIDAS ORIGINALS SUPERSTAR PHARRELL WILLIAMS SUPERSHELL SHOES MENS 10 NEW
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Pharrell Williams Adidas Superstar Supercolor Pack Bright Yellow S41837
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Adidas X Pharrell Williams Mens Superstar Supershell Sneakers Shoes Floral NMD
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Pharrell Williams Adidas Superstar Supercolor Pack Lab Green S41835
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Adidas Originals Superstar Supershell Pharrell Williams S83354
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Adidas X Pharrell Williams Mens Superstar Supershell Sneakers Shoes Cass Bird
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One of the most anticipated collections in 2015 was, without a doubt, the "Supercolor" adidas Superstar pack by Pharrel Williams. Adidas has partnered with the renowned artist to celebrate 45 years since the Superstar was first released. This huge collection is made up from 50 monochrome pairs in as many colors, making it easy for everyone to find their favorite shade. As Pharrell Williams put it -

“SUPERCOLOR IS A CELEBRATION OF EQUALITY THROUGH DIVERSITY. WITH 50 COLORS OF THE SUPERSTAR, EVERYBODY WILL BE ABLE TO SELECT HIS OR HER COLOR. IT IS MORE DIVERSE THAN ANY PACK EVER BEFORE AND THEREFORE IT IS MORE INDIVIDUAL THAN ANY PACK EVER BEFORE…WITH EVERY SHOE TREATED EXACTLY THE SAME, ALL COLORS ARE EQUAL. NO MATTER WHAT COLOR YOU CHOOSE, YOU CAN BE PART OF SUPERCOLOR. CHOOSE YOUR COLOR.” – PHARRELL WILLIAMS

2015- adidas Superstar Star Wars

NEW Adidas Superstar Star Wars Jedi Stan Smith SHOE SZ 65 MENS DARTH JS BOOST
NEW Adidas Superstar Star Wars Jedi Stan Smith SHOE SZ 65 MENS DARTH JS BOOST
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR II SIZE 105 DARTH VADER STAR WARS RARE ORIGINALS G17708 YEEZY
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Adidas Star Wars Superstar Mens Sneakers Tennis Shoes Trainers Size 10
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Adidas SuperStar Consortium Star Wars Light Side Yoda X sz 95
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Adidas Star Wars Superstar LTO Mens Shoe G12435 US 8
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NIB Adidas ULTRASTAR STAR WARS DARTH VADER SW Shoes Campus superstar Mens sz 8
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Adidas Star Wars Superstar Mens Sneakers Trainers  Darth Vader Storm Trooper
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Adidas Superstar Consortium Star Wars Light Side Yoda Nike Air Max 1 90 Fieg
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With the highly anticipated release of the 7th episode of the film franchise in sight, adidas has introduced in 2015 a customizable series of Superstar 80's along with the ZX Flux Star Wars collection. Fans of the movie could customize their favorite pair at mi adidas, having to choose from a variety of pattern, colors, lace-locks and special molds featuring favorite characters such as Darth Vader or the Stormtroopers. It's safe to say that the Star Wars franchise has prepared quite well for the "Force Awakens" episode due to release at the end of the year with collections such as this one or the Vans Star Wars one.

2015 -adidas Superstar Consortium Superstar Bape x Undefeated

100 AUTH ADIDAS SUPERSTAR X BAPE X UNDEFEATED SZ 9 WHITE BLUE CAMO SUPREME
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Adidas x Undefeated x Bape Campus 80s UNDFTD Black
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Adidas x Undefeated x Bape Campus 80s UNDFTD Olive
Adidas x Undefeated x Bape Campus 80s UNDFTD Olive
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NEW UNDEFEATED X BAPE SUPERSTAR 80V BLUE CAMO Size US10
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Adidas Undefeated BAPE Bathing Ape Superstar Black Camo UNDFTD 75
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Brand New Adidas x Undefeated x Bape Superstar Blue Colorway Size 10 WithReceipt
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 80V UNDFTD BAPE APE UNDEFEATED ROYAL BLUE WHITE GOLD S74775 9
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 80V UNDEFEATED X BAPE ROYAL BLUE Size 105 Fits Sz 11
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As part of their effort in 2015 to revamp the popularity of the Superstar, Adidas Consortium has re-aligned with two of their previous partners -Bape and Undefeated to create some exclusive looks for the classic silhouette. There were two releases of this trio, one in the spring and the other in the fall. If the first one had the signature Bape camo pattern only on the heel, sockliner and tongue, later that year the next two pairs were the opposite, with all upper camo and contrast black stripes. Both times the Superstar colorway were black and blue, all pair having on display in gold the logos of the Japanese fashion label and the LA fashion boutique. This was the third time the trio was at work, after the release of the adidas Campus ZX 5000 in 2013. The 2015 edition is regarded by many as the best adidas Superstar special edition ever released.

2015 - adidas Superstar "Respect Your Roots" Special Edition

Year 2015 was big one for the adidas Superstar special editions and one of the first collection was the "Respect Your Roots" , dedicated to four skateboarding pioneers who made the Superstar part of this popular sport.Kareem Campbell, Joey Bast, Drake Jones and Richard Angelides were each honored with a pair of customized Superstars with their name engraved on it. Along with the sneaker series adidas released corresponding graphic tees to pay tribute to each skater.Special events were held in Los Angeles and San Francisco were the four skaters were scheduled to attend.

2013 -adidas Superstar 80's Derrek Rose Special Edition

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Adidas has started their collaboration in 2010 with the NBA superstar Derrek Rose when they introduced the AdiZero Rose 1, the first signature shoe of the many to follow. In 2013 the brand celebrated the Chicago Bull's player 's 25th birthday with an adidas Superstar special edition in his favorite colors, black and blue with a classic gold portrait tongue. and contrast white sole. Also, on the back of the shoe his birth year 1988 is displayed in blue color.

 2013 - adidas Influencer Collection

In 2013 Adidas reached out to artist all over the world to put their artistic touch on their adidas Superstar. This move resulted in some interesting collaborations with Asian musicians such as Show Ayanocozey, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Ilmari of Rip Slyme. These adidas Superstar special editions have a one of a kind look, with studs added in various places, bringing creative new twists this style's features that you can see in the pictures above. In addition to the designs, all pairs feature an accented tongue pull and a lux satin inner liner and  a mix of glossy and matte upper finishes.

2013 - adidas Superstar "Year Of The Snake" Special Edition

ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 80s CNY CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE SNAKE SILVER BLACK WHITE NEW 11
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 80S CNY D65867 SIZE 11 NEW DS YOTS YEAR OF THE SNAKE DMC BOOST
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Adidas decided to celebrate in a special way the beginning of the "Year Of The Snake" in the 2013 Chinese New Year Festivities. Four customized adidas Superstar pairs were released in mainly read, silver and black colors, with an upper leather snake skin pattern and contrast stripes as well as the other way around, with a plain red or black upper and snake pattern tripes. All pairs came with contrast white rubber sole and shelltoe. In addition to these details the shoes featured a Jade lace jewel and hangtag, both personalized. Adidas followed up in 2015 with a new series dedicated to the CNY.

2011-adidas Originals Superstar 80s - Run DMC "My adidas" 25th Anniversary

adidas Run DMC Special edition 201q

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Adidas Originals Superstar 80s 1986 My Adidas RUN DMC 25th Anniversary sz 8
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My Adidas SUPERSTAR 80s RUN DMC 25th Anniversary Originals G48910 Size 10
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Adidas Superstar 35th Anniversary Run DMC minis RARE
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 80 RUN DMC KEITH HARING CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS BLACK RED WHITE 9
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Adidas Superstar 80s My Adidas RUN DMC 25th Anniversary 1986 Star Wars B
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The connection between adidas and RUN DMC started in early 80's when the popular hip hop band have made the Superstars part of their iconic attire. It was back then when these shoes became a hit on the streets, being worn by teens in Brooklyn and soon after around the world. The band even made a song called "My adidas" without having at that time no endorsement deal with the brand at all. To commemorate 25 years since this event, adidas created in 2011 the adidas Superstar special edition with the name of the song. To make it more special, only 1,986 pairs were released. The shoes also had the year written on the sides, along with logos of the band and the "My adidas" encrypted on the tongue.

2006 - adidas Superstar NBA Collection

adidas superstar spacial edition nba 2006 collection

ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 1 NBA Trailblazers MEN SHOES 014150 SIZE 95
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Adidas Superstar I Black Red Nba Bulls Sz
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ADIDAS NEW Superstar 1 Lux Retro NBA All Star 07 East Mens Shoes SZ 95 150
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150 Adidas Superstar 1 NBA Series prem leather Detroit Pistons
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150 Adidas Superstar 1 NBA Series Denver Nuggets
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ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 1 LOW NBA PACK MIAMI SNEAKERS MEN SHOES HEAT 014154 SIZE 9 5
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To celebrate their newly signed 11 years partnership with the NBA, the brand introduced in 2006 the adidas Superstar special edition collection featuring 30 different shoes, one for each team, customized with their colors and logos. Adidas even got the hip-hop producer Dan The Automator to create an original theme song for each one of the pairs. The collection included the Chicago Bulls, Lakers and Knicks, among the others. For the following up All Star Game on February 2007 adidas came up with a new package for each team, including 100 pairs of customized Superstars in navy and red.

 

adidas Superstar NBA All Star game 2007

2004 - adidas Superstar 35th Anniversary

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Adidas Superstar 35th Anniversary Anniversary Sneaker sz 11 Rare Deadstock
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NEW ADIDAS VINTAGE 35TH ANNIVERSARY SUPERSTAR FOOTPATROL US MEN SZ 85
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adidas Superstar 35th Anniversary Expression Captain Tubasa US105 BNIB
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BNIB Adidas Superstar 35th Anniversary City Edition NEW YORK US Size 9
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To celebrate 35 years since this style was introduced, the brand released a major adidas Superstar Special Edition collection structured in five series: Expression, Music, Consortium, Cities and the Anniversary Series. Each series was created as a tribute to the cultures the brand and the Superstar were part of or were influenced by. The "Expression" series was dedicated to artists such as Andy Warhol  or Disney while the "Music" series celebrated  Run DMC, Roc-A-Fella, Red Hot Chilli Peppers among others. The "Cities" paid tribute to some of the biggest cities in the world such as Berlin, Tokyo and New York and the "Consortium" series included pairs designed by boutiques around the world that worked on this project. 

2003 - adidas Superstar 80's A Bathing Ape "Super Ape Star"

In 2003 Adidas started their collaboration with the Japanese apparel brand label "A Bathing Ape" also known as BAPE. The 2 adidas Superstar special editions that released that year featured the Ape logo and camo pattern that the Japanese brand is famous for. This will be one of the most prolific partnerships of the adidas Consortium history, with follow up styles released in 2011 and 2015 that are one of the most sought adidas Superstars.

Sources: Highsnobietyadidas.comSoleCollector, Freshnessmag.com , Eukicks, NiceKicks, Sneakersaddict, Oneness287