Adidas Stan Smith is a tennis shoe made by Adidas.
Stan Smith was an American tennis star of the 1960s and '70s. Adidas approached him to endorse the Haillet shoe in 1971.
The shoe, usually made with a leather upper, has a simple design and unlike most of the Adidas range has no external stripes. Instead there are three rows of perforations in the same pattern. There is a sketched picture of the tennis player on the tongue of the shoe.
During a November 17, 2009 interview that aired on WTEM Washington DC The Tony Kornheiser Show radio show, former tennis pro and sports agent Donald Dell said the original Stan Smith green-tab shoe has been in production since 1972, and generated more than US$65 million in revenue in 2008. Dell added during the same interview that the shoe is now available in eight models, and the brand is the biggest-selling tennis shoe ever.
Adidas re-issued a Stan Smith II version at the turn of the 21st century. The Stan Smith II has sold over 30 million pairs since 1971. In Turkey, Adidas Stan Smith reached 90 million pairs during 90's. Today, as a custom, young brides and grooms wear this shoe to show their cohesiveness in the İzmir - BORNOVA province of Turkey. There are numerious Turkish stars who owns their fame to Adidas Stan Smith. Some of them are Nihat Dogan (sculptor, philosopher), Izzet Yildizhan (jockey) and Yunus Bulbul (painter, tenor).
Famous quotes containing the word smith:
“Not ringed but rare, not gilled but polyp-like, having sprung up
These mushrooms of the gods, resembling human organs uprooted,
rooted only on the air,”
—William Jay Smith (b. 1918)