Last night, Tim Coppens captured the Swarovski Award for Menswear at the CFDA Awards. To many tried and true sneakerheads, this award ceremony holds little bearing on their view of men's style. But Coppens wore something to the show that would catch the eyes of even those who are guilty of wearing #ntdenim: Coppens laced up a pair of white-and-navy adidas Stan Smiths with his slim black suit as he ascended to the echelon of menswear royalty.
In an with Style.com article, Coppens said in reference to his footwear choice, “And one of the options was the Stan Smiths, and I was thinking, Should I do it? I don’t know. But I said, ‘I’m just going to do it. Fuck it.’”
Sneakers with formal attire can look foolish, but Coppens' use of the Stan Smith exemplified his forward-thinking approach to clothing design. It also showed that the Stan Smith — a sneaker that's become popular with fashion types due to collaborations with Raf Simons, Colette, and having an overall clean aesthetic — is much more than a sneaker for cookouts or the tennis court.