Saturday, April 05, 2008

Blogger game: favourite pair of shoes!

After Dr. mad's invitation, I am posting a photo of my favourite pair of shoes: my Adidas Stan Smith in white leather, with green trim. I bought them last fall, and have been wearing them since then at all my social engagements (or most anyway). They go well with everything, fit almost any style of dress (from super casual to sportive to more dressed up) and are very comfortable, elegant and, yes, now a classic since they have been produced since 1965.

My Stan Smith pair

The Stan Smith was introduced in 1965 as the first all-leather tennis shoe. It was originally endorsed by Robert Haillet. In 1971 it was renamed after tennis great Stan Smith. Since then it has become one of the best selling shoes of all time, having sold over 30 million pairs. Adidas writes in their website:


The Adidas Stan Smith with green trim.

As part of the Tournament Edition, this is a 1-to-1 reintroduction of the Stan Smith originally introduced in 1977. The original version was a slight variation of the Haillet shoe, with Stan's signature on the side - the Stan Smith tongue logo became an icon all on its own over time. Featuring super-soft leathers, sophisticated perforated leather lining and laser etching sign off on the tongue, this is presented in a variation of the iconic Adidas white/green tennis colourway.

Stan Smith was the world's No. 1 ranked tennis player in 1972. During his long career, Smith won 39 singles titles and 61 doubles crowns. He was one of a long list of Tennis Players to endorse Adidas products, including Ilie Nastase and Rod Laver whose named model shoes are also currently available, and Ivan Lendl who has yet to have his shoe re-issued.


Stan Smith in Wimbledon in 1970

What is the main reason behind the Stan Smith's enduring popularity? I think it is the stylishness and cool, clean and understated design, especially in its original white leather lace-up form. They look good and sporty without making the wearer look sloppy. The Adidas branding is minimal (always a good thing), with the Trefoil logo on the top of the heel section and on the tongue, and the ubiquitous three stripes in the form of punched ventilation holes on the side of the shoe, instead of coloured stripes as in most of their shoes. Minimal is good, no? Also, the pricing is good, compared with modern designs that are here today, gone tomorrow.



Over the years, Adidas has changed the form the shoe took, introducing different coloured leather, velcro 'strap-over' models, a version with the Trefoil logo on the side in place of the stripes, and a version in nubuck. Many of these variations are available today, but the original classic design is still far and away the best. Why mess with a classic?


The black Stan Smith in Adidas' USA catalogue

And of course one of my all-time favourite on-screen characters wears - what else? - Stan Smiths. In Blade Runner, Rick Deckard wears a black boot design of the shoes, with the logo erased, one of the many retrofit examples of design one can find in that film. Fans of the film still argue if it is indeed Stan Smiths or Officials (worn by NBA referees back in the 80s) but I do like to believe they are the one and only Stan Smith!

Deckard in trouble - you can see the shoes here.


The closest look one can get of the shoes in the film - to me they do look like Stan Smiths. And yes, that's the famous origami animal he is picking up.

23 comments:

  1. All times classic! Σε χιλιοευχαριστώ για την άμεση ανταπόκριση, το πατούμενο είναι απόλυτα διαχρονικό και αγαπημένο. Και η αφεντιά μου φυσικά είχε τέτοιο ζευγάρι, αλλά ποτέ δεν μπόρεσα να διατηρήσω το λευκό τους χρώμα!

    Πολύ ενδιαφέρουσες και οι λεπτομέρειες από τον Stan Smith και τα κινηματογραφικά ενσταντανέ. Είσαι blogger με άποψη και μεράκι!

    Καλημέρες :-D

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  2. Ααααααααχ!

    Αυτά είναι και τα δικά μου αγαπημένα παπούτσια!!!!
    :)
    Από το γυμνάσιο, ακόμα, αγοράζω κάθε χρόνο ένα ζευγάρι, απαραίτητα!
    :))

    Καλή εβδομάδα, Στράτο μου!
    Φιλιά πολλά, και -μέρες έχω να σε ρωτήσω: πότε θα 'ρθεις;
    ;)

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  3. @mad: Γιατί βρε δε τα κράτησες λευκά? Τόσα πατήματα έχουν φάει στη Σαλονικιώτικη και Αθηναϊκή νύχτα τα δικά μου αλλά ακόμα βλέπεις πως είναι! Χαίρομαι που σου άρεσε το ποστ, κι εμένα μου δόθηκε η ευκαιρία να ψάξω και να μάθω παραπάνω για τα αγαπημένα μου πατούμενα!
    @νατασσάκι: Είδες πώς βρίσκουμε και άλλα κοινά σημεία? Χα! Έρχομαι σύντομα μάλλον, περισσότερα εντός εβδομάδας! Φιλιά!

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  4. Γιατί όποιος τη νύχτα περπατεί, λάσπες και [...] πατεί

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  5. για άλλη μια φορά με εκπλήσσεις...

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  6. @ meniek: ευχάριστα ή δυσάρεστα? Εσύ με είδες με αυτά στο πάρτυ του Muzine!

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  7. @mad:κι εγώ νύχτα τα φοράω ως επί το πλείστον! Δε δικαιολογείσαι!

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  8. panta i8ela ena zeugari stan smith alla pote den apoktisa ... kai twra pou skeftomai na parw... anakalupsa ta respect ME kai eimai se dilima.

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  9. Μα, είναι τόσο clean-cut που...

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  10. @meniek: clean cut is my middle name! lol

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  11. Τί να τα κάνω εγώ αυτά τα υπέροχα παπα....σε ποιον να τα δωσω να τα φορέσει; αφου ξέρεις ότι αραιώνουμε εδω μεσα....
    φιλια, φιλια και χαθηκαμε...περιμενω

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  12. Γιατί αραιώνουμε Ρίτσα μου?

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  13. Να συμπεράνω οτι είσαι shoegazer ?

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  14. @ evaversus: και από αυτό!!!

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  15. καθώς παραμένω ακόμα ενεή από το clean cut middle name σου, σε καλώ σε παιχνίδι μπας και βγάλεις κανα άπλυτο στη φόρα :)

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  16. Αννα12:45 am

    Αθλητικός τύπος!!!

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  17. πάντα μου άρεσαν αυτά τα παπούτσια και τώρα που τα παρουσίασες μου αρέσουν πιο πολύ...μόνο που τα έχω συνδυάσει μια για πάντα με τους αντιπαθητικούς συμμαθητές μου και ποτέ δεν έχω αγοράσει!

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  18. @ α,μπα? : Ελπίζω να μην ανήκω στην ίδια κατηγορία με αυτούς!

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  19. Καλέ όχι, όχι όχι

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  20. Σας εχουμε την αφιερωση, επιτέλους δηλαδή, ρεζιλι ,των ρεζιλιών γενηκαμε....

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  21. Βρε Στράτο , πού είσαι; η αφιερωση θα μπαγιατέψει, καλε...

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  22. You are true dear. Adidas is also my favorite shoes.

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