Women • Stan Smith
"Some people think I am a shoe."
The Stan Smith model wasn't always called the Stan Smith. In fact, the eponymous silhouette was first named after French tennis star Robert Haillet. Haillet's shoe ushered in a new era of tennis footwear, becoming the playing shoe of choice for players worldwide—including rising star Stan Smith.
Smith would go on to win the 1972 Wimbledon Grand Slam and become the new ambassador for the Haillet shoe. Soon after, it became so synonymous with Smith that it would take on his name. And soon, a classic was reborn.
Now worn over four decades, Stan Smith has become a worldwide sneaker staple. The classic silhouette has been chosen for numerous high-profile collaborations, from Pharrell Williams to Raf Simons.
WOMEN’S ADIDAS STAN SMITH
Women’s Stan Smith sneakers have changed little since first donned by their namesake tennis star in the early ‘70s. And why should they? The streamlined sneaker has become synonymous with understated style and fresh, urban dressing. The women’s Stan Smith stays true to the look of the original, with its crisp leather build, low-profile silhouette and clean trim. Paring down the simple sneaker even further, the Stan Smith NIGO gives the classic a fresh whitewash, replacing the signature green heel and tongue details with a glazed white-leather upper.
ADIDAS ARCHIVE: WOMEN’S STAN SMITH
The women’s Stan Smith gets its title from the tennis star of the same name. The silhouette was first released in the late ‘60s, then renamed the adidas Stan Smith in the early ‘70s. At the time, the two-time Grand Slam singles and five-time Grand Slam doubles champion was known as one of the best players in the world. Over the years, women’s Stan Smith shoes have evolved from athletic sneaker to fashion icon, appearing on runways, sparking collaborations and inspiring numerous variations on the theme.