adidas Stan Smith history

Everything You Need To Know About The adidas Stan Smith Trainer

The legacy of the adidas Stan Smith to tennis and trainers is probably just about as big as it gets when it comes to classic 3 stripes.

There’s probably not that many retired tennis players out there that still get confused with an original adidas trainer. Yes Stan Smith is still considered an all time legend in the world of tennis, a former world number 1 and the winner of 2 grand slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open in the 1970s. However, mention Stan Smith to someone who is not that clued up when it comes to tennis history from the 1970s and chances are they”ll point you in the direction of the legendary 3 stripes tennis trainer, the adidas Stan Smith. The Stan Smith is just one of them classic adi’ styles that everybody recognises and knows about. Pretty simple in design yet so ahead of its time and still just as relevant today.

adidas Stan Smith advert magazine

Above: The famous moustache silhouette, an original magazine advert for the adidas Stan Smith.

If there was any trainer that started the ‘all white’ trainer trend it’s got to be the Stan Smith with its all leather uppers and unique perforated 3 stripes. Whatever your personal preferences are when it comes to trainers, there is no denying the Stan Smith is just simply one of the very best out there. An original pioneer in tennis footwear, the Stan Smith is still one of the best selling adidas footwear styles of all time with a record breaking 23 million pairs sold worldwide by 1994. Who knows how many millions that figure looks like in today’s trainer market?!

adidas Stan Smith advert Haillet

Above: The original ‘Robert Haillet’ trainer from adidas alongside other ‘endorsed by styles’ like the Rod Laver and the John Newcombe.

The Stan Smith actually started its life as the adidas Haillet, a style that would be originally endorsed by the French tennis player Robert Haillet in 1965. The original tennis shoe design was first introduced in 1964, designed and marketed as the first ever adidas tennis shoe with Adi Dasslers’ very own son, Horst, coining the idea for the very first leather tennis shoe. After Haillet retired from the sport, adidas needed a new court champion to endorse the trainer which is where the famous ‘Endorsed By Stan Smith’ came in. Even though Stan Smith had officially taken over the endorsement side of the shoe, adidas were still in two minds as to whether the shoe should still reference Haillet. Up until 1978 the name ‘Haillet’ still appeared on the shoe but after 1978 the Stan Smith would officially become the adidas Stan Smith.

adidas Stan Smith Triple White

Above: The adidas Stan Smith in triple white now available from 80s Casual Classics.

As the Stan Smith now officially had its more recognisable name, the casual movement in the UK particularly in the North West, was really starting to gain momentum. The adidas Stan Smith was one of the original 3 stripes casual shoes, admired for its tennis heritage and the fact it just looked great with a pair of jeans, a key look of the original casual movement. The ‘white trainers with jeans’ look was born with the Stan Smith going on to becoming a world record breaker with a whopping 22 millions pairs sold by 1988. The trainer has also been listed with numerous trainer magazines and collectors as one of the top adidas trainers of all time.

adidas Stan Smith Triple White

Above: The adidas Stan Smith in triple white now available from 80s Casual Classics.

Just like a lot of classic adidas styles we have seen numerous revivals with the Stan Smith also becoming a key trainer style back in the early to mid noughties, also coming with Velcro straps as oppose to laces. Moving forward to more recent years the Stan Smith was once again revived in 2014 from the 3 stripes archive with its original heel tab and ‘Endorsed By Stan Smith’ tongue tab in the iconic green colourway. Now introduced to 80s Casual Classics in a clean triple white version, the Stan Smith returns in all its OG glory and whiter then ever before. Highlights include all white leather uppers with original trefoil branding to the midsole and heel tab with the iconic ‘Endorsed By Stan Smith’ updated in white to the tongue tab. A super fresh update to a legendary, record breaking and all time classic adidas trainer style.

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