From Stan Smith to the Superstar, adidas is the Home of Classics
From the Stan Smith’s emerald green heel tabs to the Superstar’s shell-toed construction – via a mysterious detour with the Continental 80 – the adidas archive in Herzogenaurach, Germany, is packed with some of the most iconic court-inspired designs in the history of sneakers. As a tribute to Adi Dassler’s relentless search for perfection over the past 70 years and more, adidas have cooked up the Home of Classics. Chock full of pristine white leather and supreme baseline style, the celebratory pack reimagines a trio of Three Stripes stalwarts and introduces a heritage-inspired newcomer to the squad. This is a no-frills tribute that showcases each model’s status as a certifiable street staple!
adidas Stan Smith
In simple terms, the Stan Smith puts the ‘class’ into classic. With tens of millions of pairs flying off shelves since its 1973 debut, the Stan Smith is adidas’ all-time best-seller. Named after the iconic champ of the 1971 US Open and 1972 Wimbledon himself, the Stan Smith (the shoe that is!) has endured for generations thanks to its impeccable simplicity.
The purpose-built design changed the game with premium leather construction, while the subtle Three Stripes perforations are proof that ostentatious branding isn’t a prerequisite for success. Instead, adi simply coupled the buttery smooth build with contrasting green highlights and an iconic tongue badge featuring Smith’s own cheery likeness. Nearly five decades since its debut, the Stan Smith has gone from tennis legend to street staple to an omnipresent force in the Three Stripes lineup. The patriarch of Home of Classics? You’re looking at it!
‘We make a good team, my adidas and me.’ Run-DMC may have walked through concert doors and roamed all over coliseum floors in the shell-toed icon, but the Superstar traces its roots back to a time long before Reverend Run, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, and Jam Master Jay were raising hell.
Just as the Stan Smith did for tennis, the Superstar revolutionised basketball footwear in the 1970s, with a low-top leather build that destroyed the ubiquitous canvas high-tops that had dominated the hardwood in the decades prior. By the mid-1980s, hip hop had co-opted the Superstar for the street (and stage) sans laces and with a tracksuit to match. You may not see many sneakerheads rocking laceless Superstars these days, but the shell-toed classic hasn’t gone anywhere – just ask the likes of Nigo, Pharrell, Palace, Hender Scheme, Jason Dill, and Anthony Van Engelen.
adidas Continental 80
Originally designed in France, the Continental typified the leisure/workout sneakers of the mid-1980s with its smooth leather upper, terry lining, nylon overlays, and perfect perforations. After a short-lived tenure on the roster, the model mysteriously disappeared from adidas catalogues for over 30 years.
Buoyed by the success of the Powerphase (an aerobics-era silhouette that debuted as part of adi’s ‘Magic’ line back in 1986) and its Yeezy co-sign a year earlier, adidas finally brought the Continental back in all its terry-lined glory in 2018. Now a key member of the Home of Classics, the future prospects of the Continental 80 seem assured.
The Supercourt may be the youngest member of the Home of Classics, but its pure pedigree ensures it looks right at home alongside its vintage siblings. Perforated branding, padded collars, and a Trefoil-adorned heel are straight from the Stan Smith playbook, while the canvas tongue is a nod to the Continental 80.
The stitched toe bumpers and ever-so-slightly exaggerated midsole combine for a clean and modern aesthetic. All in all, the Supercourt is shaping up as an instant classic in the making!