The former tennis player Stanley Roger Smith once said that a lot of people think he “is a shoe“. Referring to this statement, there is no doubt that Stan Smith – the player – has accomplished plenty in life. So has his shoe. Back in 1971 he signed a deal with Adidas, where they released his identically named signature shoe. Its silhouette resembles the Adidas Superstar's one – which they released two years prior. But the sneaker underwent some minor, even though very influental modifications: Instead of the rubber tip and the famous three stripes on the shoe's side the classic offers a clean leather upper and lateral perforations replacing the stripes. When the world witnessed the ADIDAS STAN SMITH's breakthrough in the 90s thanks to the hip-hop movement, you already knew the Superstar's offspring is here to stay. In the meantime a lot of different variations and colorways have hit the market.
- Brand: Adidas
- Product name: Stan Smith
- Material: Leather/Synthetic
- Color: White/Blue
- Legendary low-cut sneaker of former tennis player Stan Smith
- Stan Smith portrait on tongue
- Stan Smith writing on heel
- Lateral perforations resembling the iconic 'Three Stripes'
- Clean leather upper
- Durable rubber outsole
- Classic white/green colorway
Adidas is one of the world`s leading manufacturers of sports equipment and is deeply rooted within the game of basketball. The brand with the three stripes changed the world of basketball sneakers drastically in the early 70s. Players of the NBA wore Converse All Stars also known as „Chucks“ up until this point, but the shoes could barely meet athlete`s requirements anymore. With the „Superstar“, Adidas released a shoe that would prove groundbreaking and revolutionary for the future of the sneaker game.
The low top „Superstar“ was built from the „Supergrip“ and was the first basketball sneaker completely made of genuine leather. This, as well as the rubber shell toe piece (hence the nickname „shell toes) made the shoe more resistant and due to the herringbone-system integrated in the sole very grippy. By the middle of the 70s about 75 percent of the league`s players wore „Superstars“ and in 1976 none other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed a contract with Adidas. Abdul-Jabbar, the all time leader in points made the brand and the „Superstars“ as famous as his signature move – the „sky hook“. From there until the mid-80s Adidas ruled the NBA – it was „all adidas everything“!
From Superstars and Attitude to KB8
In the 80s Adidas stayed with the concept of creating shoes for centers. By the middle of the decade New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing was sporting his own signature sneaker – the „Attitude“. Following in his footsteps was defensive monster Dikembe Mutombo in the early 90s, with his very own „Mutombo“. They would end the series of Centers when they signed a rookie named Kobe Bryant in 1996. Kobe and his „KB8“ gave Adidas a major boost in all things basketball until 2002. The german company got its hoops groove back and was able to sign some of the biggest names in the game like Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
Today, about 70 players of the NBA rock their Adidas on a nightly basis. Among them are Superstars Derrick Rose, John Wall and Damian Lillard – three explosive and spectacular Point Guards wearing their Adidas signature sneakers. This does not only add true Point Gods to the brands roster, it gives the three stripes a boost in credibility among basketball fans.
Adidas & KICKZ – impossible is nothing
Since its foundation in 1993, KICKZ has a strong cooperation with Adidas. At KICKZ, you can shop for timeless Adidas Basketball shoes like the „Superstars“ in different colorways, or the latest signature sneakers
of D-Rose, J-Wall und D-Lillard. If you are looking for warm-up gear or NBA jerseys, be it swingmen, legends or replica
– KICKZ makes it happen, because we follow the same credo as Adidas: impossible is nothing. We have been providing you with the most exclusive Adidas products for more than 20 years now. And nothing is going change that in the future!