Stan Smith: Some People Think I Am a Shoe

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Whether you own a pair or not, you can’t fail to notice the cult status the Stan Shoe has; from their origin on the tennis courts to striding out in style on the catwalk!

Stan Smith: Some People Think I Am a Shoe is the first definitive volume that celebrates the best-selling Adidas sneaker with a cult-like global following. The tennis shoe, named after former number one tennis player Stan Smith, has achieved cult status since its debut in the early 1970s and its popularity shows no sign of waning. (It also swaps the trademark Adidas triple strips seen on most of the brand's trainers for three parallel rows of perforated holes.)

Over 208-pages this celebration features 200 colour and black and white photographs, including original and historical imagery. The exclusive portrait series by artist Juergen Teller is a sight to behold for any sneaker fan. There are also contributions from style arbiters such as Belgian fashion designer and menswear extraordinaire Raf Simons multi-Grammy award winning artist Pharrell Williams who provides the foreword. The icing on the cake of the celebration is the interview and anecdotes from the man behind the sneaker, Stan Smith.

The book charts Smith's five decades as the perennial icon of minimalist cool sneaker design, including his collaborations with groundbreaking artists, designers, and fashion brands including Colette, Yohji Yamamoto, Raf Simons, and of course Pharrell who debuted his first Stan Smith line in 2014.

This all-access volume demonstrates that the personality of the shoe has everything to do with Stan the Man. Chapters are enhanced by recollections from Stan Smith along with anecdotes from style influencers, designers, sports legends, and fervent sneaker fans.

Showcasing street-style photography of Stan Smiths worn globally, to pop-culture references of the sneaker in rap lyrics to Bollywood movies — this book is an absolute collector’s item for readers interested in sneaker culture, sports, street style, design, and pop culture.

Don’t let this gift walk on by!

Stan Smith: Some People Think I Am a Shoe is published by Rizzoli