Summary

We spent 8.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • This model stood out for its simple, old-school silhouette that was often described as “stylish,” “beautiful,” and “nice.”
  • Many were pleased that this classic favorite came in a construction that’s good for wearing in inclement days.
  • The reflective laces and the reflective strip on the heel were subtle additions well-liked by a good number of its buyers.
  • The low-top Adidas Stan Smith WP continued to impress its wearers with its super comfortable in-shoe feel. One particularly liked its cushy insoles.
  • It is commonly available in neutral shades that go well with almost any outfit and style.
  • Its price point remains pocket-friendly.
  • A few were pleased that selected sites gave the option to customize the kicks. These sites allowed potential buyers to add a name, number, etc. to the shoe for free or for an uptick in the price.
  • It managed to get a couple of 5-star ratings for its quality.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Stan Smith WP’s suede-like material got dirty quickly, based on a small number of reviews. It was also tricky to clean.
  • One reported that its elongated tongue rubbed against the front of the ankles.
  • Around a handful thought that this model fits long and narrow.
  • Its material creased easily, a few griped.

Bottom line

A streetwear favorite, its less-is-more vibe, and laid-back look once launched a movement that made this unassuming sneaker desirable even to the fashion world’s elites and hotshots. The Adidas Stan Smith WP, one of the timeless classic’s weatherproof equivalents, carried with it its ancestor’s DNA.

It, however, tilted the scales and took functionality and style to the next level. While it is not as well-received as the original due to its hard-to-maintain leather upper, it has all the right to brag as it remains attractive, versatile, high-quality and affordable.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Stan Smith
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Adidas Stan Smith
Price: $90
Colorways: Brown, White
Special editions: 20 special editions
Size
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Its leather-constructed upper and sleek construction may fit narrow at first. Several wears, though, prove that the wait is worth it as this shoe molds to the shape of the feet snugly offering uncompromised comfort. Up for grabs in full and half sizes 4-14 for men, women need not hesitate to purchase a pair of the Stan Smith WP by sizing down.

Looking glam and stylish in bed-weather days is now possible thanks to the conception of a weather-resistant version of the Adidas Stan Smith.

This tennis-inspired lifestyle sneaker’s gusset tongue ensures to keep your feet protected from the elements. Its reflective lacing and heel, on the one hand, boost this shoe’s style points, making it dazzle literally and figuratively. A pair of raw-denim jeans, plain shirt and a baseball jacket complement well with its clean silhouette. Dressing up can also be done in a cinch as this goes extraordinarily well with suits as well as chinos and button-down shirts.

Like the original, this sneaker is distinguished for its stripe-free silhouette. While other models are well-loved for its signature “Three-stripes,” this one chose to ditch that for a set of perforations that not only gives it a clean look but also elevates the shoe’s breathability. Subtle detailing like the elongated tongue, reflective accents and leather heel tab finishes its overall appearance by adding oomph to its already show-stopping facade.

A 1960s creation of Horst Dassler, son of Adidas’ founder, it is said that it is the first tennis shoe to feature a leather upper. Unknown to many, it was initially named after professional French tennis player Robert Haillet until he retired and the brand found another endorser, Stan Smith. A two-time Grand Slam singles champion and the world’s top tennis player at that time, the man and his performance in the court may not be as recognized as the shoe, but he sure befits the legendary status that the shoe has achieved.

For many years, the Adidas Stan Smith has been distinguished for its superior performance. Its understated styling, though, became its golden-ticket to the fashionistas’ territory. Seen on the foot of style guru and former creative director of French fashion house Céline Phoebe Philo in the year 2011, the shoe, later on, initiated the hype for normcore athleisure.  

To date, the chatter for this iconic white pair from Adidas may have died down, but the shoe and its countless renditions remain a wardrobe essential. The low-top Adidas Stan Smith WP is among its underrated iterations. Upscaled with a plush leather-bound upper to meet modern-day consumers’ taste, it still stayed true to its roots by keeping the sleek, retro, simplistic style of its forerunner.

  • The insoles, heel notch and tongue display the all-too-familiar Trefoil logo.
  • Alter the fit of the Adidas Stan Smith WP using its seven-eyelet lace-up closure.
  • Its rubber cupsole supplies adequate traction and grip.
  • Step-in comfort is enhanced with the addition of the cushy insoles, lightly padded collar and synthetic/textile lining.
  • The Adidas Originals Gore-Tex Stan Smith is another all-weather variation of the classic.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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