8 Things You Didn’t Know About Stan Smith

Stan Smith wearing his eponymous shoe
Stan Smith wearing his eponymous shoe
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Stan Smith is more than a shoe.

Though the Adidas Stan Smith style won the 2014 Footwear News Achievement Award for “Shoe of the Year,” former tennis pro Smith — the inspiration for the 1972 shoe launch after he won major titles at the 1968 U.S. Open and 1970 Australian Open — has earned a cult following of his own.

Smith has made several promotional appearances for the re-launched sneaker style, including a shoe-signing appearance at Colette. “I went behind the cash register and actually took the money and credit cards for a few people,” laughed Smith. The exclusive collaborations and limited-edition pairs of the tennis sneaker have continuously sold out, proving that the Stan Smith effect has grown well beyond footwear.

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In an exclusive chat, FN discovered eight things you didn’t know about Stan Smith:

Favorite food: “The Thanksgiving turkey meal.”

Adidas Stan Smith Adidas Stan Smith Courtesy photo.

Most-worn pair of shoes: “The custom Adidas shoe I designed. It’s a black suede Stan Smith with a maroon back. That’s been my favorite pair of shoes in the past five years. I just designed another pair of black [Stan Smiths], too — they have tennis-ball fuzz in the back.”

Most recent vacation: “I just went to Croatia. It’s a really special place.”

Hidden talent: “I grew up playing the piano. In the next few years, I want to get back to it.”

Guilty pleasure: “Chocolate Hostess CupCakes.”

Favorite song: “I love the Beach Boys. My daughter has now become a Beach Boys fan, too. ‘California Girls’ is the song that sticks with me — I’m a California guy.”

Hidden hobby: “We just did a boating-and-cycling vacation this past week, so I’d like to do that again.”

Favorite sport to watch on TV: “Basketball, or golf. Basketball was my first love, and I play a bit of golf now, so I can appreciate what those guys go through.”