The Stan Smith by adidas Originals = our new must-have
Last year was the year of the adidas Gazelle, Nike Free Runs and Vans Classic Slip Ons, but the first contender for entry into the Must-Have Sneaker Hall of Fame 2014 is a re-release from adidas Originals: the Stan Smith. Stan is an American tennis pro who went home with Wimbledon and US titles in the 1970s and endorses his namesake kicks. The style has been on hiatus for some time, but it has remained iconic to dedicated sneaker-heads who have never stopped trying to track a rare pair down. Phoebe Philo is a Stan Smith wearer as is Marc Jacobs, and most recently; Vogue Paris styled Gisele in nothing but a pair with some sports-socks. See, sneaks can be sexy, too.
The Stan Smith shot by Bella Howard & styled by Pandora Lennard
A few weeks ago Adidas commissioned two cool girls about town to give it their own spin. Shot by photographer Bella Howard and styled by Pandora Lennard, this duo have supplied the final friendly push on the trajectory of the Stan Smith sneak-fest. All of the above helps to explains why the much-hyped party held in Shoreditch this week to celebrate its relaunch was such a must-attend. Well, it was staged within a giant Stan Smith shoebox! Naturally, Grazia was on board to enjoy the sneaker festivities and consider our styling options. Casual with dungarees or rebellious with a LBD? Downtime weekend or surprising with a suit? Really, this simple silhouette and restrained colourway leave the playing field wide open. And for a mere £67, that's a lot of new season bang for your buck. The question is how will you wear yours?