The reason the Adidas Stan Smith has been such a favorite of stylish men and women for so many years—and particularly of late following its big re-release in 2013—is that the sneaker’s design has been relatively unchanged for 40 years. Though it’s been riffed on by designers and collaborators innumerable times, the hallmarks of the O.G. Stan Smith have remained the same: white leather upper, white rubber sole, grassy green or navy blue heel tab and, of course, an affordable price tag. (Just 75 bucks for good-looking sneakers in 2017?! You bet.)
In recent years, however, Adidas issued versions of the Stan Smith that played around with the silhouette’s core design, offering up iterations in different fabrications, patterns, and color combinations. And then there are the 2.0 Stan Smiths that utilize Adidas’ technological innovations like Primeknit or their ability to make an upper out of a single seamless leather piece. (FWIW, the Primeknit Stan Smith is still one of our favorite warm-weather sneakers money can buy.) And now, the Stan Smith is getting the Boost sole treatment.
As any casual fan of kicks knows, Boost is the Styrofoam-ish, springy, cloud-like sole unit Adidas brought to the sneaker market in 2014 and has been used in everything from Yeezys to court-ready basketball sneakers. The spongy material looks futuristic, but it’s really just the most comfortable sole unit on the market. (Ask anyone who’s worn a Boost-adorned Adidas sneaker and they may tell you they’re the best feeling sneakers they’ve ever worn.) And on this pair, the Boost sole is subtle enough that people might not even notice the difference.
It’s not a foreign concept to think Adidas would want to bring their bestselling sole and bestselling silhouette together in one kick that balances vintage appeal with modern tech. After all, when done right, that middle ground between old and new, retro and futuristic, is what sells in the sneaker world. And though that’s always been part of why guys love ’em—they’re kind of the anti-Yeezys of Adidas’s line-up—you’ll feel the difference in a big way.
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