If you are a Millennial and don’t know who Stan Smith, the tennis player is, you are not alone. In fact, if you are the parent of a Millennial you may have trouble remembering who Smith, now 70, was in the annals of American tennis. Neither of these realities prevented Adidas, Nike’s chief competitor, from breathing life back into a sneaker model that is now a major requirement for fashionistas.
The marketing campaign has included entertainment stars such as Pharrell Williams and has had a model featuring Kermit the Frog on its shoe tongue. If it’s color that you’re looking for, these modest looking and priced shoes may be exactly the thing you need to add to your wardrobe. Here are the 5 best choices from the wide selection of Stan Smith sneakers.
The Adidas Stan Smith
These simple branded sneakers are not only the best, but they are the statement style for the entire line. Both comfortable and affordable (the key to the Stan Smith line) it has the feeling of the original first introduced back in 1971. Part of its popularity is due to its wide availability, but for wearers of the shoe it is all about who else is wearing it. Identifying with the Who’s Who in the fashion and entertainment industries, it is simple yet elegant, an attribute many of today’s top celebrities want to convey. Some people say it is like owning a piece of tennis history.
Stan Smith Adicolor
Workmanship is what makes this earn its spot in the top five. Repeat buyers of the Stan Smith collection have said this is the best they have every owned, saving it in a special place in their fashionista heart. For people who are looking for a casual shoe to match their earth tone attire, this is the shoe for you. Its perforated leather construction and relaxed fit have it riding high among Stan Smith favorites. Though it has traded its real leather for synthetic, that tradeoff has made it affordable for the masses with only a slight loss of quality.
Stan Smith Leather Sock
When is a sock a shoe? When it is an item in the Stan Smith collection. One reason for its model name is that it is very lightweight, so for people who need that foot freedom feeling, this is the shoe for you. The leather in the upper portion of the shoe is real, making it very comfortable without weighing you down. Material construction aside, the design is intended to be sleek with a very basic structure. This is a model that appeals to many of us who want to get back to simpler things – like wearing a shoe that feels like wearing a sock.
Stan Smith Boost
If you are looking for what many call the perfect lifestyle shoe, the Boost is here for you. While the simple Stan Smith model made #1 on this list, regular wearers of the line say this may exceed that classic comfort level. The midsole of this shoe makes it feel “bouncy” but it was not a major factor in the buyers’ final decision. What did influence the final decision was the shoe’s overall style versatility. Whether doing your daily errands or going out for a casual night on the town, you will always be looking your best. If you are someone who has trouble finding a pair of shoes that runs true to size, this is likely to be your final stop.
Stan Smith Primeknit
One of the biggest problems for many shoe buyers is the breaking in period. You want your shoes to be ready to go from the moment you walk out of the store, but things take time. The Primeknit model has a reputation for being very easy to break in, so you can get the maximum comfort in the minimal amount of time. Most of the models on this list have earned a well-deserved reputation for casual comfort, but this shoe has earned a reputation as a running shoe. Because people will test the durability of the shoe against the elements, its Primeknit material is easy to clean and stretchable. On those hot days when your feet tend to swell a bit, the material has enough give to keep you comfortable. What was a deciding factor for many buyers was its relatively low price.
Most of the models here are available in a variety of colors, allowing you to keep your style while wearing everything from casual attire to more refined clothing. But if there is a reason for the popularity of the Stan Smith collection it is comfort. All of these models are highlighted because they make a statement without being bulky. If there is elegance in simplicity, these five models are what you have been looking for.