A lot of people think I’m a shoe. They don’t know that I really exist. My son once asked me, Dad, did they name the shoe after you, or were you named after the shoe? This quote from Stan Smith gives us an idea of the importance the shoe has had in the sneaker world over the last few decades. Nevertheless, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Stan Smith as an athlete. Smith won a total of 36 tournaments, including the Masters, the US Open and Wimbledon. The tennis icon also won the Davis Cup seven times with the USA, and was also inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In the 1960s, adidas wanted to tap into the American market and was looking for an American athlete to market. Since Smith was one of the best tennis players in the world at the time, the choice quickly fell on the professional athlete. Together with the German sporting goods manufacturer, Smith brought out the shoe that would make his name known around the world for decades: The adidas Stan Smith.