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Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 5.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Stan Smith is very comfortable, as reported by a large number of reviewers.
  • It is very affordable.
  • According to a substantial number of loyal fans, it really resembles the feel of the original sneaker that was released back in the 1970’s.
  • It is quite light.
  • One of history’s most iconic and popular sneakers is available in numerous retailers.
  • Owning the Stan Smith is like owning a piece of history.
  • Many of the reviewers are deeply appreciative of the simple, elegant, and classic looks of this sneaker.
  • The sneaker has been worn by many of the who’s who in the entertainment and fashion industries.
  • It is available in all black, white, and other color variations.
  • A handful of commenters observed that it is very easy to clean.
  • Purchasers can customize (use different colors/materials/lacing system) or personalize (add names/numbers) at a slight uptick in price.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the sneakers’ diehard fans remarked that the leather upper is of lower quality than before.
  • A small number of purchasers were disappointed that the shoe is a little tight in the forefoot.
  • It runs a little small, as noted by several reviewers.
  • A few noticed that the leather creases too quickly.

Bottom line

After Adidas brought back the Stan Smith about 3 years ago, it has seen a renaissance that few sneakers can match in history. Despite it ridiculous popularity and following, Adidas retails the shoe at a very affordable price. The sneaker brings a classic and simple look that has made it a fan-favorite from the regular Joe to the most influential of people. Having this shoe is getting a feel of the past without losing the timeless appeal that makes it such a hit throughout these years.



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Adidas Stan Smith History

The original Stan Smith was a tennis shoe that was previously called the Adidas Robert Haillet, in reference to the French professional tennis player back in the 60’s. Although Haillet retired in 1965, the sneaker came to be known as Stan Smith only in 1971.

While the Stan Smith has undergone subtle changes throughout the years, the silhouette, basic design, and feel have largely remained to this day. Besides the unique perforated upper and the green foam padding in the heel, the caricature of Stan Smith the player on the tongue cements the shoe as one of the most recognizable silhouettes around. These are some of the reasons why the shoe is so popular among people coming from different generations.

For two years (2012-2013), Adidas completely removed the Stan Smith from the shelves, much to the dismay and frustration of its hordes of fans. Upon its re-release in 2014, the sneaker quickly became more popular than ever. Many of the celebrities and fashion people were strutting around wearing their Stan Smiths.

Although it is no longer as sought-after like in 2014 to 2015, the Stan Smith still rocks where simple, minimalist, and classic sneakers are concerned. To top it off, the very budget-friendly price only makes this shoe incredibly more appealing in many ways.

Adidas Stan Smith Style

The Adidas Stan Smith is easily a classic in almost every sense of the word. It has been around for decades and has largely stayed the same since its introduction. However, the timeless appeal of the shoe has prompted fashion experts and casual observers to even call it chic and sleek enough to conquer the fancy of teens.

Additionally, because of its elegant yet sporty look the sneaker can be worn with almost any types of clothing. One can easily see celebrities rocking their own Stan Smiths in various attires. It is pretty much a do-it-all shoe that has already found its place in millions of closets the world over.

Fit & Sizing

Most shoes under the Adidas Originals are normally tagged as unisex and in men’s sizing. The Adidas Stan Smith is no exception. It has very good hold as the full grain leather locks down the foot. It generally runs true to size. Adidas offers the shoe in sizes 4.5 to 20 online. The women have to go 1.5 size down to get their usual fit.

Notable Features

The most obvious feature of the Adidas Stan Smith that immediately jumps out of the shoe is the caricature of the man whose fame is now eclipsed by the very shoe that is named after him. The man, Stan Smith’s face covers the tongue of this sneaker in a cheeky sort of way. From a single glance, sneaker fans can immediately recognize the shoe based on this feature alone.

Through the years, Adidas has been very creative in making the shoe more popular than ever. Some of its various iterations offer caricatures depicting the faces of famous celebrities. Ellen de Generes, among others, was one of those faces featured in this very iconic shoe.

No one knows yet what will happen regarding the use of the tongue as a way of creating more publicity for this sneaker. This is a very big chance though that people will see more of celebrity faces on this massively popular shoe.

Additional Info

  • The shoe can be personalized and customized for an additional fee.
  • Some of the famous people who wore the Adidas Stan Smith at one time or another were: Kendall Jenner, Gisele Bundchen, Bella Hadid, Phoebe Philo, Sienna Miller, Victoria Beckham, Julianne Moore, Raf Simons, and Karlie Kross.
  • Adidas continues to use full grain leather as a major part of the upper with the perforated 3-Stripes.
  • The pimpled outsole provides solid grip both indoors and outdoors, including grassy areas.