Some of today’s sneaker designers should look to the adidas Stan Smith for inspiration. It’s not a classic because it went over the top. It’s been an iconic sneaker for almost 50 years because it was simple. Sometimes that’s all you need to craft something beautiful.
With the return of the Stan Smith this year — Champs Sports has the original, as well as multiple suede colorways available — we’ve been taking a look back all week at what the sneaker means to this culture. Stan Smith was a great tennis player during the early ’70s, but the shoe that bears his name was more than that. It was an all-timer, the first leather tennis shoe ever.
From around the world, men and women, old and young, here are 20 stylish images of the adidas Stan Smith on Instagram.
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