Who: Russ Bengtson, Senior Staff Writer
Sneaker: adidas Stan Smith, $75
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There might be no better summer sneaker, period, than the adidas Stan Smith. Brought back this year in proper original form for the first time in a long while, the '60s classic with the mustachioed man on the tongue influenced many generations of sneakers, from performance models like the Nike Wimbledon to high-fashion, high-dollar offerings from Yves Saint Lauren and Common Projects. Its design is simplicity born from necessity—a steel-eyeleted white leather upper with perfed "stripes" and the sparest accent colors (in red, blue, or the classic green) on a comfortable cupsole. Many versions have dropped already, with plenty more to come (including some wild variations from Raf Simons, which also come highly recommended), but the basic $65 green-on-white is my choice. The Rod Laver might be literally cooler, what with its mesh upper, but the Stan's leather wears in better—even on the mass-market base model—and at $75, three pairs to get one through the summer still comes out cheaper than many flavor-of-the-month alternatives. — Russ Bengtson