Adidas Stan Smith Sock Primeknit History
Adidas borrowed upper elements from its upbeat icon, the 2016 NMD City Sock and placed an extremely fashion-forward spin on its conservative star player, the Stan Smith. In the Summer of 2017, the brand unveiled the offshoot of such fusion, a very sophisticated-looking new celebrity, the Adidas Stan Smith Sock Primeknit.
This new model shines off the court, tapping sneaker-loving women audience with an array of eye-catching, ultra-chic feminine tones. Compared to the traditional leather version, this shoe embraces the woven blanket of the NMD City Sock using the advanced proprietary Adidas Primeknit technology.
The NMD City Sock is one of the hippest retooling made on an NMD model, a most-sought and much talked about modern sneaker selection of Adidas. Coming from a medley of models boasting of super cushioning properties, the NMD City Sock features a knitted, foot-hugging upper construction that offers a comfortable, almost barefoot feel.
The initial drop of the Adidas NMD City Sock was a hit as its flexible and breathable Primeknit woven upper instantly created a cult of followers. It was too famous that it pushed the brand to release more varieties towards the end of 2016 such as the Adidas NMD City Sock Winter Wool Collection and started a sequel with different woven patterns, named the NMD City Sock 2 in 2017. After a series of drops of various NMD City Sock models, Adidas turned to its all-time favorite vintage profile, the Stan Smith for retooling.
The Adidas Stan Smith was initially created as a court trainer in the 1970s, which gained popularity among professional and amateur tennis players back in the day. This shoe is famous for its all-white leather upper with perforated Adidas Three-Stripe branding on the side panels.
Stan Smith is a court celebrity in the 1970s as he is considered the best tennis player in the world during that time. The Adidas Stan Smith may be his only signature performance shoe with the brand, but it is considered Adidas’ best-selling shoe of all time.
This sneaker made Smith extremely popular than he was a tennis champ. Why not? His mug portrait is indelibly displayed on the tongue of most variations made on the Stan Smith, with a few exceptions. The Adidas Stan Smith Sock Primeknit is one.
Fast forward to 2017, Adidas unveils another edition of the vintage-style tennis shoe with an entirely reimagined upper construction. Not only was the iconic mug stamp of Stan Smith eliminated from this model, but its most prominent leather construction as well, to give way to the minimalist, sock-like Primeknit upper.
However, in spite of the updates on the mid-top Adidas Stan Smith Sock Primeknit, there are two distinct traces of the OG silhouette left on this variation. One is the leather material on the heel tab, which has the debossed Adidas Trefoil and Stan Smith branding. Another is the outsole construction which replicates the 1970s classic trainer’s rubber dot tread pattern.