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The women’s exclusive mid-top Adidas Stan Smith Sock Primeknit saves you from lacing up any ropes on your casual sneaker as this slip-on shoe offers a snug fit with its highly advanced woven upper. This shoe generally runs narrow. The sneaker’s elastic collar hugs around the ankle while a contrasting leather heel tab tightens up the rear side of the shoe.

The form-fitting upper of the mid-top Adidas Stan Smith Sock Primeknit right away blends in the contemporary street-style fashion. Getting cues from the much-hyped nomadic runner the NMD City Sock, this reinterpreted sneaker puts a neat and timeless look to a host of casual apparel. This sneaker blends well with rolled-up denim, tapered pants, comfy joggers, and fancy, long casual dresses. Having a reserve killer pair of kicks such as this laceless offering adds an attractive punch to your regular sneaker rotation.

As its name exactly suggests, the mid-top Adidas Stan Smith Sock Primeknit embraces the foot up to the ankle area with an incredibly soft knitted fabric. This lifestyle sneaker is a total transformation of the heritage-rich Stan Smith shoe, known for its traditional leather, suede, and synthetic form. This wholly modified version brings to mind another casual, slip-on sneaker by the brand, the NMD City Sock. Both sock variations are built with the trademark Primeknit technology by Nike to achieve a fully laceless, uncomplicated, and breathable form.  

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 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.

  • The low-top Adidas Stan Smith Sock Primeknit has an arch overlay on the medial side which is made of leather.
  • The leather heel patch with the Adidas Trefoil and Stan Smith branding puts a subtle tribute to the original Stan Smith silhouette.
  • The bottom part of this sneaker is made of a cupsole that cradles the upper shoe construction to offer cushioning and support.
  • Adidas introduced its Primeknit technology in 2012, a revolutionized knitting process that produces a foot-hugging sneaker in a very lightweight structure. Several woven patterns are made to the upper of a Primeknit shoe to either add more support or structure to regions of the foot that need it most.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.