For me the most exciting part of adidas’ current Stan Smith revival is the skateboarding element. Stan has had a place in skateboarding for a long time (albeit in different ways than those being ‘revealed’ now) and it’s great that this hasn’t gone unrecognised.
The Stan Smith Skate first released in 2007, a sign of the impact this tennis shoe had on the skateboarding world. The 2014 edition pictured here follows two vulcanised models released just a few weeks ago and comes coated in a rich green suede. The off-white sole unit and heel provide the main contrast with white and fern green threads on the laces and a silver top eyelet providing further interest. Stan’s portrait on the tongue remains true, without the excellent furry moustache that appears on the vulc models, but with the edition of the ‘skateboarding’ branding.
By now you may have seen the amazing ‘legend of Stan Smith’ video that coincides with this release (below), in which Stan reveals to the world his unknown skateboarding past and his fellow skateboarders discuss the impact that he has had – quite simply, Stan IS skateboarding. This week sees the campaign continue with Stan Smith installations in skate stores across the country, featuring realisations of Stan Smith’s 1970’s pro model boards by Satta.
The adidas Skateboarding Stan Smith is available now at select UK stockists including Flatspot. You can read more about the man himself in our interview with Stan Smith and check out a detailed look at the shoes below.