Modeled after American tennis star Stan Smith, a former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, as well as half of one of the most successful doubles teams of all-time with partner Robert Lutz, the adidas Stan Smith models have undoubtedly stood the tests of time and solidified itself as a staple in the adidas line.
Smith was approached by adidas in 1971 to endorse the former Haillet model and add a signature twist, which became the three perforated lines on the side panel. Quite a departure for "die weltmarke mit den drei streifen," who since 1949 had gained worldwide notoriety for the ubiquitous three stripes.
The Stan Smith models have undergone a number of face-lifts throughout its history, leading to the latest look of the Stan Smith 2. Incorporating the full leather upper, rubber sole and perforated side panels the Stans are loved for, new modern twists include a striped interior on the white models and chocolate brown and black colorways, moving past the traditional white with green highlights of its past.