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

12 reasons to buy

  • Many thought this model broke in easily. Some even mentioned it was comfortable right out of the box.
  • Based on the majority of the reviews, the Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit was lightweight and breathable.
  • Avid fans of the brand commonly described the shoe as very comfortable.
  • Nearly all liked that this model kept the old-school and simple look of the original version.
  • The Stan Smith Primeknit is available in a variety of cool colorways.
  • When worn for work as well as running and walking, the shoe performed well, most buyers remarked.
  • This versatile sneaker can be worn all day without any problems, a large number of users disclosed.
  • Some confirmed that the shoe was easy to put on and take off without untying the laces.
  • This low-profile sneaker can be worn with various types of outfits, more than a handful of purchasers revealed.
  • Others noted that the shoe was made of high-quality materials. A couple of purchasers added that the Primeknit on this model, which was stretchable, looked and felt great. It was also easy to clean.
  • Some colorways are being sold at a discounted rate by several retail stores.
  • Sold at a price point that ranged from affordable to expensive, a large number considered the shoe as value for money.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number revealed the shoe’s size runs a half up to a full size larger than their usual choice.
  • The sneaker got dirty easily, expressed by several reviewers.
  • A few users thought the shoe felt a bit narrow.
  • Some were dismayed about the flimsy material used on the Stan Smith Primeknit's upper. A few added that it lacked structure and failed to provide ample support and stability. It also slipped off the heel easily while walking.
  • One user mentioned that this sneaker was not recommended for consumers with high arches as it lacked proper cushioning.

Bottom line

Among Adidas’ creations, the Stan Smith is considered one of the most iconic as well as most influential. Having been around for over 40 years, this tennis classic’s look has never run out of style. Its success, however, never stopped the company from enhancing this shoe’s already famous silhouette.

Revamped with a lightweight inventive fabric, the Stan Smith Primeknit now boasts of appealing aesthetics and improved comfort. The change of the upper’s material, however, met disapproval from those who preferred the full-leather. Regardless, this shoe remains popular among those on the lookout for breathable and flexible summer and spring shoes.


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Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit History

In the early 1960’s, Horst Dassler, son of the founder of Adidas, had an ingenious idea of applying a full leather upper on a tennis shoe. This led to the creation of the first ever leather tennis footwear which was later on named after Robert Haillet, a skilled French tennis professional.

Haillet, however, retired and was replaced by Stan Smith, a two-time Grand Slam singles champion who was also the world’s top tennis player at that time. Although signed as the official endorser of the shoe, the models released in the 1970’s maintained the “Haillet” name. It was only in the year 1978 when the shoe was officially named “Stan Smith”.

This minor confusion, however, did not affect the shoe’s status in the market. In fact, in 1988, Adidas was listed in the Guinness World Records for the millions of pairs of Stan Smiths it sold. Recently, this shoe also became a fashion phenomenon as it was not only seen worn by average consumers but also by fashion connoisseurs.

Since its debut, over one hundred limited editions have been produced. The Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit proved to be a promising addition to this sought-after line. A fusion of vintage style and innovative technology, this rendition, launched in 2014, continues to earn rave reviews for its timeless aesthetics, quality and enhanced comfort.

Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit Style

Rocking the Stan Smith’s during summer is now possible with this iteration. Crafted with a Primeknit upper, expect your feet to feel cool and comfy all day long even during the hottest of weather. Its Ortholite sock liner, which wicks away moisture, also ensures to keep your feet dry and odor-free.

This shoe is available in a wide array of color schemes, mostly in neutral colors or white with a contrasting color on the heel tab. Those who want to take the look up to the next level, however, have the option of buying the editions with bolder colors like vapor green, tech steel and semi pink glow. Regardless, all colorways look great with jeans, shorts and joggers.

Fit & Sizing

Built with a flexible upper, expect this lifestyle shoe to hug your feet in comfort in all the right places. The shoe's silhouette, however, although inspired from a basketball trainer, notably offers minimal support compared to the original version.

This low-top sneaker, which generally runs true to size, is available in men’s sizes 4-14 as well as 5 to 11 for the women’s.

Notable Features

Similar to the original Stan Smith, this shoe is noticed for its unadorned yet visually-attractive design that shows minimal Adidas branding. To top it off, the Primeknit material on this version adds appeal to the shoe’s already distinguishable silhouette. This tech also makes this sneaker ultralight and gives it adaptive support and superior comfort.

Additional Info

  • This sneaker’s rubber cupsole provides reliable grip and traction.
  • Secure fit can be achieved with the Adidas Stan Smith’s traditional lacing system that includes flat tonal laces.
  • Adidas logo is embossed on the sole’s lateral and medial side. This can also be found on the shoe’s undersole.
  • The triple white and triple black colorways released in May 2016 come with a leather heel patch and leather tongue.
  • For better comfort, the shoe’s interior is lined with soft textile and leather. It also has a cushioned and breathable insole.
  • Other recognizable features are the subtle three striping embroidered on the lateral and medial side of the shoe as well as the famous “Adidas Stan Smith” logo found on the tongue.