Tennis Identity

The return of the Stan Smith.

Adidas Stan Smith
Proud to say I owned a pair of these babies back in the 70s. The Stan Smith made its way from the tennis court to the street during that decade, becoming adidas’ best-selling shoe of all time, with over 40 million pairs sold.

American tennis player Stan Smith began wearing what was the world’s first ever leather tennis shoe in 1971, when he won the US Open on grass and the Davis Cup on clay with the American team. In 1972 he won Wimbledon wearing the classic.

Originally introduced and developed for the French tennis player Robert Haillet in the mid-1960s, the name of Stan Smith was added to the tennis shoe, alongside Haillet’s, at the start of the 70s, before it was designated as the signature sneaker of the American sporting icon in 1972.

adidas has just announced that it will launch two new premium collections this fall exclusively available at adidas Consortium stores, before the full range of new Stan Smiths are rolled out from January 2014 with a second drop in April 2014.

Cool. I hope they’ve lightened up a bit though 😉  I can still feel the weight.