The adidas Stan Smith is one of the most iconic brand’s most iconic sneakers. The understated tennis sneaker defines the Three Stripes’ output in a multitude of ways. Effortlessly straddling sportswear and lifestyle arenas, there’s no mistaking why it’s a perpetual bestseller and lauded by the likes of Raf Simons, Pharrell, and more.
But it’s never really been a standout. As much as it’s a reliable, everyday option, this is perhaps what has always prevented it from being the star of the show. Recently, though, adidas dropped the latest IVY PARK collection which features one of the best Stan Smith versions we’ve seen in a long time.
At its core is a high-end leather upper with a pebbled texture. Standing in complete contrast to the classic upper — and the aspect that adds punch to this iteration — is a hand-dipped sole unit. The honey-like dip adds an eye-catching modern pop to the shoe which is echoed by fluorescent, dipped aglets.
Another feature worth noting is the lacing system. Raised sidewalls conceal the eyelets, reminding us of Maison Margiela’s Future Replica Sneakers. It’s another touch that makes these Stan Smiths feel like a luxury update of the staple.
As a whole, the IVY PARK Stan Smith retains the essential appeal of the style: high-end leather ensures they’re easy to wear with just about everything and won’t dominate your outfit. That said, interesting new aspects to the adidas offering like the dipped sole unit and aglets, as well as variations on the actual build of the shoe bring a refreshing new angle to the staple design.
Shop the adidas x IVY PARK Stan Smith below.
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