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

9 reasons to buy

  • Almost all reviewers were impressed with the quality of the leather used in this collab. Many said it was soft and smooth. It also felt and looked good.
  • The white and black colorways go with any casual and sporty clothing, according to a good number of users.
  • Many considered the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith, especially the pastel- and white-colored models, as a great summer shoe.
  • This product is available in numerous vibrant hues and neutral tones.
  • Those who wore it confirmed that the shoe felt really comfortable.
  • Sold as a luxury shoe, this iteration came in a nice black box that many liked.
  • A few revealed that the upper was easy to clean.
  • Some retail stores are selling the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith at marked down rates.
  • Several revealed that the shoe was durable.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Several buyers had to size down since the shoe fits a bit wide.
  • Some complained about the leather creasing.
  • Priced more or less than $400, many thought this shoe costs too much.
  • One buyer was disappointed that his Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith had glue stains in between the upper and the sole.
  • The vibrant colorways released screamed too much and were hard pull off, not many mentioned.
  • Its sole got dirty easily, according to other wearers

Bottom line

A few years back, Adidas teamed up with Raf Simons, A Belgian designer known for his edgy and avant-garde designs. This collab led to the conception of the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith, a classic athletic shoe turned luxury lifestyle footwear.

Keeping the original silhouette untouched, Simons decided to craft this shoe with top-grade leather. Subtle yet visually-attractive details were also added on this iteration, thus setting it apart from the regular model.

Comfortable, versatile, durable and high quality yet steeply-price, only those with spare cash to splurge are capable of buying it at its original rate. Many fans of the Stan Smith, however, choose to wait for this product to go on sale in order to enjoy its luxe comfort and aesthetics


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Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith History

The famous Stan Smith, released in the early 1960’s, was the first tennis shoe to be made out of leather. Initially, this model was called the “Robert Haillet”, named after a professional French tennis player. The shoe’s name, however, had to change when Haillet retired. Soon after, Grand Slam singles champion and world’s top tennis player Stan Smith replaced him.

In spite of the changes, entertainingly, models released in the 1970’s still displayed Haillet’s name. It was only in the year 1978 when the name was finally corrected. This minor confusion did not, in any way, affect this shoe’s sales. Well-received for its simple yet fashion-forward aesthetics, this low-top sneaker soon became a sought-after streetwear.

Perceived as the most-coveted Adidas creation, the Stan Smith has proven it deserves its iconic status. Given its legendary position, seeing one of industry’s most respected fashion connoisseurs’ stamp of approval on this classic was very much anticipated.

Raf Simons, a Belgian furniture designer turned fashion guru and Calvin Klein Chief Creative Officer, partnered with Adidas in the year 2013. Adidas classics suddenly transformed into high-end fashion items with this unlikely collaboration. Among the timeless silhouettes that received Simons’ touch of creativity was the Stan Smith.

Launched as part of his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith, unlike the others that were outfitted in eccentric overlays and colors, maintained its retro-look. The original silhouette’s signature three-stripes, however, was replaced with a perforated “R”. A “Raf Simons” logo was also debossed on the shoe’s heel to complete the look.

Despite being sold triple the price of the original, this low-top shoe still managed to gain a loyal following. Over the years, various colorways including pastels and metallic hues, have been released. The classic colors, however, remain the crowd favorite for its versatility.

Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Style

This rendition looks almost the same as the original. It’s the addition of small, fine details that make this version stand out. Build with top-of-the-line leather, this shoe promises to provide a look and feel that is far different from what the regular Stan Smiths provide.

The Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith is available in a variety of tones. The red, as well as pastel and metallic-colored pairs, are sure head turners if rocked with neutral-toned clothing. The adventurous-type, however, are free to mix-and-match these kicks with vibrant-toned sporty and casual clothes. The subtle black and white models, nevertheless, remain a popular choice as it can be easily paired with jeans, shorts, joggers and t-shirt dresses.

Fit & Sizing

Tennis shoe-inspired and made with an all-leather upper, count on the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith to provide sufficient support. This unisex low-top model is available in men’s sizes 4.5-13. Women planning to purchase this product can just get a pair a full size smaller than their usual choice. It generally fits true to size.

Notable Features

Despite the similarities with the original silhouette, Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith sticks out for the perforated “R” on both sides of the shoe as well as the debossed “Raf Simons” logo located on the heel’s lateral side. Other than that, this shoe also features the “Endorsed by Raf Simons” logo on the tongue of the left shoe.

Additional Info

  • Achieve secure and snug fit with the help of the traditional lace-up closure which comes with flat laces. An extra pair of laces is also provided.
  • The “Stan Smith” wordmark and “Trefoil” logo can be found on the shoe’s heel tab. “Trefoil” branding is also embossed on the undersole and the sole’s lateral side.
  • The in-shoe comfort of the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith is improved with the addition of the lightly padded collar, leather/textile lining as well as the cushioned PORON® sockliner.
  • The rubber cupsole provides dependable grip and traction.
  • Its thin tongue is made of leather.