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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Many were impressed with the comfortable feel this shoe provided.
  • Revamped with a Primeknit upper, this Stan Smith version expands to the shape of the user’s foot, thereby, providing a sock-like fit.
  • Nearly all confirmed that the fabric on this model, which was stretchy, featherlight and breathable, looked and felt great.
  • Those who tried wearing the Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit for traveling were pleased with its satisfactory performance.
  • This sneaker was easy to slip on and off, even without untying the laces, some revealed.
  • Its simple and clean design looked great when paired with sporty, casual and dressy clothing, most disclosed.
  • “Stylish” was a word commonly used to describe the Stan Smith OG Primeknit’s silhouette.
  • A couple of buyers thought the shoe was easy to clean.
  • Satisfied purchasers considered these kicks as great value for money.
  • It looked better in person than advertised online, observed by more than a handful of purchasers.
  • Selected retailers are selling this model at a discounted rate.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Many noted that the Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit’s size runs larger than expected.
  • Several thought the shoe fits narrow and was not recommended for wide-footed consumers.
  • A few wide-footed users complained about the uncomfortable feeling they felt when the sides of their feet felt the edges of the boost sole.
  • Some were not happy about the Primeknit’s fit stating it felt too loose. Others added that it lacked structure and support.
  • A significant number confirmed that the upper’s material got dirty or stained easily.
  • Foot slippage was a problem experienced by more than a handful of Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit users.
  • The shoe was not as durable as the original Stan Smith, not many advised.

Bottom line

Among all of Adidas’ creations, the Stan Smith is arguably the most iconic and most influential. Revered for its timeless retro-look, this shoe is desired by many sneaker enthusiasts and collectors including celebrities and fashion connoisseurs.

As it is, the Stan Smith is already visually-appealing. However, the addition of the Primeknit upper on this classic silhouette gave the shoe adaptive fit and superior comfort. Thus, making this iteration, known as the Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit, an instant fame upon its release.

Although it earned heaps of rave reviews, issues about the shoe’s size, support and durability also arose. These flaws were, nonetheless, considered as minor defects as supporters of the brand who have high regard for the PK tech continued to buy this product to enjoy its breathable and light construction which is perfect for summer’s scorching hot weather.


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Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit History

Horst Dassler, son of the legendary brand’s founder, wanted to create a tennis shoe that was made of leather. In the early 1960’s, this idea materialized and it was the first of its kind. Soon after, this model was dubbed as “Robert Haillet”, a professional French tennis player famous in those days.

Haillet’s retirement, however, led the brand to look for a replacement. Stan Smith, who was, at that time, the world’s top tennis player as well as a two-time Grand Slam singles champion, was the best choice. Interestingly, the models released during the 1970’s showed Stan Smith’s face but with the name “Haillet” written above it. The name was only changed from “Haillet” to “Stan Smith” in the year 1978.

Despite the minor confusion, the shoe remained prominent in the market. Acclaimed for its simple and clean yet classic look, this tennis shoe soon became a popular streetwear and later on a fashion phenomenon.

Over 40 years have passed, and this classic’s production continues. In fact, since its initial release, more than one hundred limited editions and general release versions have been launched. In spite of its many iterations, the brand made sure that its original form remained unchanged.

This holds true for the Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit. This model was initially introduced in February 2016 as the Stan Smith Primeknit. Three months later, the model was outfitted in OG colorways namely red, green and navy.

This rendition proved to be a great addition to this growing line. Fusing this shoe’s already iconic styling with the brand’s’ top-of-the-line fabric material called the Primeknit, this shoe does not only boast good looks, it is also popular for its enhanced fit and improved comfort.

Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit Style

Summer has always been a nightmare for Stan Smith fanatics. Today, however, loyal supporters of this iconic tennis classic can now rock this shoe even during the hottest of weather. Built with a breathable and ultralight Primeknit upper, this lifestyle sneaker promises to keep your feet cool and comfy all day.

The Stan Smith OG Primeknit, similar to the original, features a white upper accented by a colored heel tab. Due to its minimalistic design, this shoe can be paired with almost any sporty or casual clothing, including jeans, shorts and dresses.

Fit & Sizing

Expect this shoe, with its all-Primeknit upper, to mold and expand to your feet’s shape as well as surround your feet in comfort.

Given its flexible material, the Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit offers adequate toe room yet minimal support. This said, the shoe commonly runs larger than expected. Thus, the brand recommends buying a pair at least a half size smaller than your usual choice. This low-rise sneaker is offered in men’s sizes 4-14.  Women’s sizes are also available.

Notable Features

Most, if not all, sneakerheads will recognize the Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit for its unadorned, vintage look. The addition of the Primeknit upper makes this casual sneaker all the more attractive. Moreover, this shoe’s off-white rubber cupsole enhances its classic appeal. It also offers dependable traction and grip.

Additional Info

  • Secure and snug fit can be achieved with the help of the shoe’s traditional lace-up closure. This includes flat laces.
  • Subtle three striping is embroidered on the Stan Smith OG Primeknit’s lateral and medial side.
  • The shoe’s interior is lined with soft leather and textile for added comfort.
  • It also features an Ortholite sockliner. This wicks away moisture to reduce unwanted odor. It also adds ample cushioning.
  • Other recognizable features are the “Adidas Stan Smith” logo found on the tongue as well as the Adidas wordmark located on the lateral side of the cupsole and on the undersole.
  • Option to add a name or a number on the either or both shoes is available for an uptick in the price.