20 '70s Sneakers You Need To Know

adidas Stan Smith

Year Released: 1971

OK, we're cheating a little here. The leather tennis sneaker that would become the Stan Smith was actually introduced in 1965 as the signature shoe of Robert Haillet, a French professional who wouldn't be remembered much at all. In 1971 it was re-named for Stan Smith (which is bizarre in itself — imagine if the Air Jordan had started life as the Air Moncrief) and its lifespan truly began. Today the shoe is even more well-known than the player whose name it bears, which is saying a lot.

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