The Adidas Stan Smith started life in 1965 as a leather tennis shoe and was originally named the Adidas Robert Haillet after a French tennis player. After Hiallet’s retirement, a new ambassador was sought and in 1971 the Haillet started its transition in the Adidas Stan Smith.
Like Haillet, American Stan Smith was a tennis pro and winner of the US Open in 1971 and the Wimbledon Champion in 1972.
Unlike most Adidas trainers, the Stan Smith was devoid of the trademark 3 stripes, these were replaced by 3 lines of punched holes.
The design has changed little over the years despite multiple versions and limited editions. The simple white shoe with grass green heel and Stan Smith image on the tongue have remained ever popular over the years and has been adopted by the football casual scene as an all-time favourite.