Adidas Stan Smith Cutout History
The Stan Smith was initially designed as a tennis shoe by Adidas in 1963 and was the brainchild of Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler’s son, Horst. The shoe featured a white leather upper and three rows of perforations on each side instead of the regular three stripes. Interestingly enough, it was not even named the Stan Smith back then but was known as the “Robert Haillet sneaker” for the professional French tennis player.
When Robert Haillet retired from playing tennis, Adidas looked for a successor and found Stan Smith, an American tennis player. For several years after (from 1973-1978), Adidas could not decide whether to keep calling the shoe The Haillet or rename it as the Stan Smith. They kept producing the shoe with Stan Smith’s likeness on the tongue and the name Haillet written above it. They finally removed Haillet’s name from the shoe in 1978 and officially renamed it as the Stan Smith.
The Stan Smith originally came out in all-white, but a green foam padding at the heel tab was added in 1967 for Achilles tendon protection.
In the year 2000, Adidas released the Stan Smith 2. Stan Smith’s likeness from the tongue was dropped, and the words “adidas Stan Smith” were embossed instead. It was also produced in various colorways and was one of the best-selling versions of the model.
Nine years later, in 2009, Adidas released another version of the Stan Smith, which they called the Stan Smith Slim. It was, as the name suggests, much slimmer than the original with a pointier toe. It became popular with fashionistas who loved the new look.
The Stan Smith has since come out in various other variants and editions such as the Stan Smith Vintage, Stan Smith 80s, and a Star Wars version, among others. It has also featured in a lot of collaborations with designers, artists, and celebrities.
Early this year, Adidas again debuted another iteration of the Stan Smith. The Stan Smith Cutout has two layers of overlapping leather with an eye-catching cutaway pattern. The geometric perforations make for a breezy and breathable shoe, perfect for warm weather. It also features an embossed logo on its heel, tongue, and the midsole.