Adidas Stan Smith UP Style
The low-top classic Stan Smiths are commonly used for daily runs around town, leisure trips, and fun night outs. Then, here comes a vogue looking alternative, the mid-top Adidas Stan Smith UP which can be used for the same reasons yet offers an added flair coming from its high-wedged heel. This upscale sneaker is all dressed up in rich leather, accented by a snakeskin covering on the heel tab. It keeps the trademark mug portrait on the tongue, which seals this shoe as a Stan Smith heritage. The added height on this sneaker bids a polished look to any tight-fitting jeans, maxi and mini dresses.
Adidas Stan Smith UP History
If there’s one shoe that stood out in the archives of Adidas, it is the Stan Smith. This tennis shoe, considered as the greatest classic Adidas sneaker of all time, has witnessed the rolling of trends over the past decades.
From its original white leather cover with green highlights on the heel tab, the Stan Smith has been refashioned in countless imaginable colors and textiles. But never was it literally raised high from the ground, except when the striking wedge-designed sneaker branded as the Adidas Stan Smith UP was revealed in March 2014.
The low-top Adidas Stan Smith is pumped up with a skyscraper heel height, dressed in a boot-like leather upper. The embossed snakeskin attached to the heel tab adds character to this revamped style.
If the classic sneaker is a charmer with its clean white leather skin, this fashionable mid-top Adidas Stan Smith UP is an attention-grabber that befits the runway and catches the interest of stylish women sneaker fans. A black variation was released along with the OG colorway that offers an upscale façade to the sporty silhouette.
Stan Smith has long been part of the many design transformations of Adidas. In fact, it has witnessed this Germany-based brand evolved from having the Three-Stripe and Trefoil labels to finally employ the modern Three Bars insignia since this shoe has been around since 1971. However, it was only in 1978 that it was labeled as the Adidas Stan Smith sporting the mug portrait of the world-renowned tennis player of the 70s, Stan Smith.
More than two decades from the time the low-top Stan Smith was released, 22 million pairs of it were reportedly sold worldwide, and this was documented in the Guinness Book of Records in 1988. The Stan Smith’s elegant yet straightforward leather silhouette seems to never go out of style.
Fashion icons and celebrities were challenged to create their signature iterations of this timeless and most celebrated sneaker. Some of these designers are Yohji Yamamoto and Raf Simons. British minimalist fashion designer Phoebe Philo showcased the Stan Smith when she cascaded down the runway in a 2011 Paris fashion show wearing an all-black casual wear and a flashy white Stan Smith.
On the year Adidas introduced the mid-top Stan Smith UP, the brand came up with other variations of wedge sneakers. These high-heeled sporty silhouettes are suede-skinned Basket Profi UP and the suede-leather Amberlight UP Pack. In 2015, the Adidas Superstar, which is the second prominent Three-Stripe model next to the Stan Smith, is transformed with an elevated heel. However, unlike the mid-top Adidas Stan Smith Up, these three shoes appear like high-top sneakers from the outside but essentially have a three-inch wedge hidden under their covers.