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6 reasons to buy

  • According to a great number of reviews, Adidas Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Stan Smith BC shoes feel incredibly comfy.
  • The low-top sneakers are so lightweight, it feels like you’re not wearing anything on your feet, several users stated.
  • Adidas Originals’ Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Stan Smith BC kicks have an understated yet stylish look, plenty of purchasers noted.
  • Some testers said that these are the perfect trainers for summer or spring because the shoes are so airy.
  • The arches are well-supported in these sneakers, a few said.
  • These are well-made shoes from the Adidas brand, one person reported.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Adidas Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Stan Smith BC shoes run long, several purchasers reported.
  • A couple of people said that the sneakers run narrow. 

Bottom line

Unlike previous Pharrell Williams designs, the bold colors and flashy design have been utterly removed in these kicks. But, like other Pharrell collabs, Hu Holi Stan Smith BCs are exceptionally-made. The resulting design is understated, stylish, and definitely classy. 

These are the perfect trainers for hot weather because of the shoes’ lightweight and breathable construction and airy fabric. Arch support is ample, and the shoes are utterly comfortable, according to many. 


Base model: Adidas Stan Smith
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collaboration: Pharrell Williams
Collection: Pharrell Williams x Adidas
Price: $130
Colorways: White
Special editions: 20 special editions
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These sneakers from the Adidas Originals range are offered in sizes from 5 to 14. The shoes have textile uppers and don’t provide much lateral support. However, Hu Holi Stan Smith BC shoes are supportive of the arches.

Many reviewers have reported that the shoes are longer than the posted sizes. A half size to a full size down is recommended when purchasing. The fit is also noted to be somewhat narrow to average, although the shoes’ fabric can be stretched a bit.

While these kicks do not have the usual lively and exuberant style of Pharrell’s shoes, they’re still every bit as fashionable, if a little bit more sophisticated. Wear Hu Holi Stan Smith BC sneakers with cropped blue jeans and your favorite shirt.

Put on some funky socks to draw the eye towards your shoes and to add a bit of pizzazz to your outfit. These kicks can also be worn with shorts and dressed up with chinos.

The Pharrell Williams stamp on anything, be it shoe, accessory, or music, will always generate a buzz. And in most cases, like in these shoes, the buzz is wholly justified.

Pharrell Williams’ collab with Adidas is an immaculate take on an iconic shoe model that has seen dozens of reimaginings. Hu Holi Stan Smith shoes keep to the minimalistic styling of the Stan Smith silhouette and take it even further with an all-white look. 

The only concession to color for these kicks are the vividly-shaded Chinese foot reflexology graphics on the insoles of the shoes. 

Pharrell and Adidas have a long history of collaboration starting in 2014 when the singer, rapper, and producer signed a partnership contract with Adidas. 

One of the first silhouettes Pharrell chose to exercise his creative skill on was the legendary Stan Smith. In 2014, Pharrell Williams x Adidas Stan Smith Small Polka Dot sneakers were the first to showcase the singer’s irreverent style and love of color. He gave the white and green leather tennis shoes a fun new twist by giving them new shades and adding small polka dots all over the uppers. 

That was only the beginning. Pharrell loved Stan Smiths so much that his Tennis Hu range was largely inspired by them. He has also frequently revisited the silhouette in releases such as the Icons Pack of August 2017, where he dressed the iconic shoes in full-grain leather, and the Blank Canvas Collection.

The Blank Canvas collection, which dropped on February 23, 2018, featured three silhouettes: the Hu Holi Blank Canvas Tennis Hu PK, Hu Holi Blank Canvas NMD, and the Hu Holi Stan Smith BC. The pack was inspired by the Holi Festival of India where bodies are painted from head-to-toe by brightly-colored powders flung into the air. Pharrell imagined the shoes as crisp white uniforms people wore before they got stained by dyes. 

  • Adidas Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Stan Smith BC shoes use Primeknit technology and contain leather linings.
  • The shoes were released at a price of $130.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.