Before writing about the new Stan Smith golf footwear from Adidas, it probably is prudent to remind readers that the man after whom the shoes are named was one of the greatest American tennis players of all-time. Born in Pasadena, California, the sandy-blond, 6-foot-4 Smith won singles titles at the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon, in 1971 and 1972, respectively. He and his longtime doubles partner Bob Lutz also captured five Grand Slam titles from 1968 to 1980.
These days, Smith is known just as well for the tennis sneakers with his name that Adidas started selling in 1978. They are as popular today as they were when the athletic shoemaker first released them. In fact, they resonate so well with the sporting public that Adidas had brought out a Stan Smith shoe designed specifically for golf – and one that features the iconic green and white color pattern of the original.
The upper is waterproof and made of high-performance recycled materials, with cushioning placed in targeted areas in the midsole and alongside a die-cut sock liner. The spikeless outsole comes with lugs inspired by the shoe’s original sole design.
“When we were talking about bringing this shoe into golf, the green-and-white colorway was a must-have as part of our planning,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director for Adidas Golf. “The Stan Smith silhouette is known throughout the world for being so versatile from a fashion standpoint, so we are excited to give golfers that same style and versatility for when they head out to the course.”