New Colorways for the Adidas Stan Smith
Adidas footwear can instantly be recognized by its iconic stripes, which is why the Stan Smith is a standout among the rest of their products. Rather than incorporating the three signature stripes on the leather sneakers, Stan Smiths are characterized by their perforated holes arranged in three lines.
The tennis shoe was first conceptualized in the early 1960’s as the Robert Haillet sneaker, but shortly after, the French tennis pro retired. Thus, the company founder Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler named the then Wimbledon champion Stan Smith as the successor. By 1971, The Fashionista explains that the Stan Smith was one of the most promising styles created by Adidas.
Still a coveted silhouette for this leading athletic gear brand, the shoes from the Adidas Originals range have been seen on influential celebrities, from John Lennon and Kanye West, according the fashion editors that created the Stan Smith collection on Lyst. Through the decades, Stan Smiths have received a number of makeovers, introducing numerous colors and velcro straps to the mix, but the silhouette is mainly identified by the white leather. Recently, the shoe was treated to a new transformation for its Fall 2016 lineup, including new and modern twists to the beloved classic.
Blue suede seems to be the preferred textile of the season for Adidas, as they swap the white leather and laces out with the collegiate navy material and laces to match coming in. For some contrast, gray leather accents have been placed on the tongue as well as the heel, where the branding is located. The white rubber midsole creates the appearance of a deeper blue on the rest of the shoe. According to Kicks on Fire, the sneakers are currently being retailed at $80.
Another variation seen on this season’s Stan Smiths is blue suede detailing, only using the fabric on the heel while the rest of the tennis shoe maintain the common white leather aesthetic. However, in this instance, the leather has been reworked to produce a sliced, crosshatched motif that has never been seen on the brand before. It’s a refreshing take on the original concept, and will surely be a hit for those that worship their Stan Smiths. These sneakers follow the launch of the athletic shoe label’s XENO On-Court collection, boasting color shifts when flashed with light.
What do you think of the new Stan Smiths?