A modern, skate-performance take on an ’80s legend, adidas Skateboarding took the Superstar model, slimmed it down and made it super light for the needs of a skateboarder.
Overall, the durability of the Superstar vulc is good. The Superstar has probably the most iconic rubber toe cap which takes its advantage into account. In this case, the toe cap is fully rubber, unlike the Matchcourt which only has the edge of the toe rubberized. This holds down abrasion resistance much better. A disadvantage are the three stripes on the side which face the risk of falling off after a couple of sessions.
Even though the difference between vulc and cupsoles is dwindling, cupsoles typically still offer more cushioning. The Superstar adapted for skateboarding has now a vulcanized sole that doesn’t stand behind a cupsole model. The Adiprene insole combines sockliner and midsole for targeted impact cushioning in the heel, and provides a snug fit for the foot when pushing.
Boardfeel and grip
Boardfeel is one of the strengths of the Superstar Vulc, mostly due to the very thin sole in the front foot area and its slim insole. The overall grip is good, mostly because of the sole structure in the front foot area.
Comfort and stability
The Adiprene insole has the goal of combining an insole with perfect cushioning. A disadvantage of the insole is its stickiness. So when entering the shoe the socks can get rolled up which can create pressure points. In terms of stability, this model convinced us. The heel area delivers the stability, whilst the front foot area delivers flex and boardfeel.
The adidas Superstar vulc is one of the surprises this year. Combining durability with cushioning as well as stability with boardfeel.