The first time I tried on a pair of Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, I was in Office on King’s Road. It was autumn 2018, and I was searching for comfortable footwear that would be suitable for running around London. The pair that the sales associate presented me with was white with green detailing. I wanted to like them, but the footbed, which appeared to be made of the same material as the outsole, was slippery when worn. Leather should really be reserved for non-athletic shoes. I passed on the pair from Office but ordered a similar style via Zappos two years later.
When they arrived this past November, I was pleased that the insole was primarily made of a material resembling textile (most likely polyester). I don’t know if it’s the time difference or the change in country that accounts for the different insoles. (If you’re privy to this information, please share with the class.) But, I’m glad that the style I ordered stateside met my expectations. After taking my new kicks for a brief walk down the hall, I officially admitted them to my closet.
Fast forward to last week when I took them for their first walk outside. I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were. No break-in time required! Of course I’m partial to the version with navy detailing.
Do yourself a favor and try these sneakers on. They’ll tide you over until it’s warm enough for sandals. In recent news, Adidas revealed the Stan Smith Mylo, which is made of mushroom roots. The creme/cinnamon coloring is stunning, and I’m just biding my time until I can try them on.