Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers highly rave about the Velcro straps donned on the Stan Smith CF’s. The easy on and off feature of the shoe makes the lives of its users more convenient. 
  • Because this model is offered in children's sizes, one of the reviewers highly appreciated that he and his kid could wear matching shoes.
  • Just like other Stan Smith models, the quality is commended by the commenters, as expected.  
  • According to one tester, the look of the sneaker gets more distinct through time. The scruffs contribute to its beauty.
  • Shoelaces are not missed by those who purchased the Adidas Stan Smith CF.
  • Although the price is a tad steep, one of the buyers, think that it is worth it. 
  • Because of the iconic and peculiar look of the Stan Smiths, one of the consumers particularly enjoys wearing these as it doesn’t look the same as the others.    

1 reasons not to buy

  • Several of the consumers complain about the fit of the shoe. Based on the general feedback, it runs wider than usual.

Bottom line

For a silhouette that has been placed on the Guinness Book of World records, one need not be a sneakerhead to distinguish this model. The Adidas Stan Smith CF redesigned the favored shoe and replaced the lacing system with a more convenient Velcro strap.

More than its looks, it becomes a step closer to the convenience of a slip-on. It only proves that change isn’t necessarily always bad as its the versatility, style, and quality are kept intact.  

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Good to know

Although the Stan Smiths started its roots as a 60’s tennis sneaker, its style is mainly adapted on the streets and blends in with the twenty-first-century trends. The full-grain upper provides the much-needed luxury, support, and durability that are linked to the all-exclusive sport it was initially intended to.  

Because white sneakers are the epitome of a classic, almost every athletic footwear brand has their interpretation of what it should be. For Adidas, however, nothing can exemplify the iconic tennis shoe more than the Stan Smiths. Despite the different renditions made for these kicks, each model is identifiable not only because of the mustached-man logo, but its silhouette is a blueprint that the market is all familiar with 

For the Stan Smith CF, the lace-up closure has been traded for three hook-and loop-closures that somewhat give a juvenile look to the sneaker. However, this only makes the sneaker more unique than the sea of Stan Smiths in the market. Because of its classic and minimalist silhouette, these remain to be as versatile as the original. Suited for most casual occasions, users can pair it with jeans or shorts for a more casual look but can also pair it with trousers for that edgier vibe.  

The Adidas Stan Smith is an archetypal white shoe that doesn’t need to boast about technology, but its recognizable logo and features are already enough to make it stand out. For the Adidas Stan Smith CF, the minimalist and clean design is kept intact, with the famous Stan Smith logo and Three Stripes perforations on the side.   

Stemming from the idea of Hort Dassler, son of Adidas founder Adi Dassler, the Stan Smith was conceptualized. During its release in 1963, the shoe was named Adidas Robert Haillet, named after a French professional player. After retiring in 1965, the brand needed a successor and found it with Stan Smith, an American tennis player. Being a predominantly European brand, the partnership helped the brand reach the American market and be a step closer to becoming the global giant that it is today. 

Although shelved for two years, the model was re-released in 2014 and became more popular than ever. Despite carrying a name that is far from being a fashion icon, it has allegedly sold over more than 40 million pairs worldwide and has become one of the brand’s legacy. The Stan Smiths now comes in a variety of colorways, collaborations, and designs. Included in this is the Adidas Stan Smith CF, a Velcro strapped sneaker for easy on and off wear. 

  • The Stan Smith CF has a rubber cupsole for additional protection to the feet 
  • The classic look of the sneaker is completed with a white rubber outsole. 

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.