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The History Of The Adidas Stan Smith

The Stan Smith from adidas might just possibly be on the Mount Rushmore of sneakers. The timeless style and quality of the shoes have allowed them to stay in fashion for decades now.

The Sneaker

The Stan Smith name is an icon in the sneaker world. adidas and Stan Smith have fans across the world. Pop Culture legends like Jay-Z, Barack Obama and David Bowie have been see wearing the sneaker. It has received collaborations with fashion giants like Balenciaga, NIGO, Raf Simons, and Pharrell.

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The Man

For many, especially those born after the 1980s, the name Stan Smith is synonymous with the adidas shoe. But Stan Smith, the man, was a tennis legend. Such a legend that he received his own signature shoe, this was long before having a signature shoe was the norm.

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The Start

In 1965 adidas created the Stan Smith. It was designed by Robert Haillet. The shoe that was born in 1965, wasn’t given the name Stan Smith until 1978. The shoe added a portrait of Smith on the tongue when he was officially named the shoe’s endorser. Since then, the shoe has been embraced as a sport sneaker and essential casual shoe. The partnership was so effective that adidas would sign Stan Smith to a lifetime deal.

Hall Of Fame

Smith is a member of the Tennis Hall Of Fame. He is a two-time major singles champion and former World No. 1 player. He was known on the court for his cool demeanor. He stayed calm, no matter what kind of adversity he faced in a match. Stan Smith is considered one of the all time great tennis players.

History Of The Three Stripes

The Three Stripes are iconic worldwide. Few brands in the sneaker industry, or in all of business, have had the global impact of adidas. The adidas brand has a long history and connection with sport. Its relationship with athletes and the field of play has always been in congruence with its sneaker culture prominence. adidas is known worldwide as The Three Stripes Brand. The German sportswear company was founded in 1949 by Adolf “Adi” Dassler. It started out rooted in track and football. It has become a global player in the sneaker industry over the past 70 years. Its global reach now includes basketball and popular culture. Partnerships with James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kanye West, Beyonce, Pharrell and many more prominent names, have allowed adidas to become a top force in the fashion industry. adidas has mastered mixing sportswear and fashion. The Three Stripe’s popularity only continues to grow and its link to athletics and athletes is stronger than ever.


- Adam C. Better