The adidas Stan Smith is one of the best-selling and most easily recognizable shoes the three stripes brand sells (besides for the Superstar, of course). Now, adidas has announced the Stan Smith Recon, a new premium build of the iconic shoe.
According to adidas, the Stan Smith Recon was rebuilt with a focus on understated luxury. The shoe is constructed from premium leathers and flaunts an entirely leather upper, leather tongue, and a soft leather lining.
Ornamentation comes by way of the gold foil branding on the tongue and embossed Trefoil branding on the iconic green heel tab. The shoe rides atop a traditional rubber cupsole that appears to be off-white.
Now, the Stan Smith Recon should be much closer in quality to its premium original, which debuted in 1971. Since its debut, it is estimated that adidas had sold over 40 million pairs of the Stan Smith worldwide by 2005, according to Barbara Smit (author of the German book Three Stripes Against Puma). Interestingly, the shoe featured another tennis legend’s name, Haillet, on the tongue until 1978 when it was officially renamed.
adidas has not announced pricing information for the new Stan Smith Recon but the shoe will debut on August 14 globally. Right now, adidas.com has the Stan Smith listed for $100 and the Stan Smith Premium listed for $120.