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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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

16 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers are pleasantly surprised by how extremely comfortable the Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sock is compared to the OG version.
  • Based on several reviews, this sneaker is very lightweight.
  • The sleek and minimal structure of the shoe is greatly appreciated by reviewers as it is not bulky to the feet.
  • Many buyers appreciate the high-quality leather used in the upper, which is buttery soft and hugs their feet loosely.
  • Loyal supporters of the Stan Smith said this sneaker is easy to style as it blends with almost any casual wear.
  • A reviewer remarked that the lack of padding in this shoe did not compromise its comfort  qualities.
  • An owner of a pair of the classic Stan Smith is delighted with the removal of the oversized tongue in this model as it makes this shoe more appealing.
  • Very affordable.
  • A buyer who is so fascinated with the design of this shoe purchased three pairs.
  • Some reviewers mentioned that this sneaker is ideal for office use.
  • According to the reviews, many loved the shape and style of this shoe as it suits most occasions.
  • Not at all bulky.
  • No need for a break-in time for this shoe.
  • Reviewers said this sneaker fits like a sock.
  • Well-made single piece of leather material that offers comfort to the toe and sides of the foot.
  • The deconstructed form of this shoe provides casual elegance.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers thought that the Leather Sock version of the Stan Smith runs a bit bigger.
  • A few reviewers did not appreciate the absence of padding inside the shoe.

Bottom line

The classic all-time favorite Adidas silhouette gets a complete overhaul with the release of the deconstructed Stan Smith Leather Sock. This edition further streamlined the look of the iconic vintage model by using a very soft, single-piece leather upper, which not only offers visual appeal but comfort as well. The minimalist design of this version draws much attention as its timeless style is suitable to any wardrobe. Plus, it comes with a very budget-friendly price tag.



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Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sock History

Adidas brings back its court favorite, slashes down a huge weight from the 1970s original, and comes up with a deconstructed version, the Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sock in 2017. Comfort is the pronounced feature of this updated version where its timeless all-white DNA is made into a one-piece raw leather upper.

The Stan Smith is a reworked version of the first leather tennis shoe of the brand, called the Haillet that Adidas created for the 1960s top seeder Robert Haillet. When the athlete retired from tennis, Adidas commissioned the 1970s top-ranking tennis player, Smith and made a few adjustments on the older sneaker.

The Adidas Stan Smith was introduced in 1971 with a distinct green padding on the heel and the most recognizable mug on the tongue that has been adored for decades on and off the court. The Adidas Stan Smith seems to never go out of style as it continues to create an impact whether the retro gets an almost identical cover as the OG or updated using different textiles.

In the Spring of 2017, Adidas modified this much-loved vintage sneaker by simplifying its structure into a single-piece, seamless  upper and removing the lining and padding around the collar to offer a sock-like feel. The brand replaces the leather Three-Stripe branding on the side panels with diagonal perforations to make the design more streamlined.  The initial release of this variation called Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sock came in White and Collegiate Navy colorways.

Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sock Style

Adidas does a couple of dramatic changes in the appearance, form, and character of the classic tennis shoe with the drop of the Stan Smith Leather Sock. The brand eliminated the leather overlays, padding, and lining of the classic model, and placed a modern appeal to this retro-style sneaker by using a buttery soft Nubuck leather upper with unfinished edges. This deconstructed version gets a monochromatic tone and turns the classic to a very chic, minimalist-looking off-court casual footwear.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sock offers a great deal of ease with the use of a very soft raw leather that embraces the feet well like a sock, where the lining and cushioning in the interior walls of the shoe becomes unnecessary. This sneaker generally runs true to size and available in men’s sizes in medium width. This sneaker with a standard lacing system and gusseted tongue is obtainable in sizes 5 to 13 US.

Notable Features

The vintage Adidas Stan Smith that has won the hearts of tons of sneaker enthusiasts for many decades, is stripped down to its bare essentials by removing all the layers on the upper and by taking away the filling and lining in its interior. In spite of the revisions, the shoe offers comfort in every angle. The tongue and heel are built from the same leather material that is used throughout the upper, which retains its classic character in a much lightweight form.   

Additional Info

  • The Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sock has a cushioned OrthoLite sockliner that offers comfort to the feet.
  • The outsole is made of a tough rubber material.
  • For an additional cost, the Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sock can be customized to suit one’s personal taste. The primary color of the sneaker can be altered while there are pattern options that can be engraved on the quarter and forefoot sections. Interestingly, the branding on the sockliner may be replaced by a 20-character text.