“A lot of people know my name and think I am a shoe. They are surprised that there is a guy named Stan Smith.”
–Stan Smith in an interview with Bata Shoe Museum Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack
This trendy Adidas silhouette wasn’t always named after Stan Smith; it was originally called the Haillet after French tennis player Robert Haillet. In 1971, the Haillet was updated to include Stan Smith, and for a brief moment in the model’s evolution the sneaker featured two endorsements, Haillet’s signature on the upper and Smith’s portrait and signature on the tongue. It wasn’t until 1978, when Haillet retired, that his name was dropped from the shoe completely. This 1980s version features Smith’s image and signature as well as a higher heel tab with the Adidas trefoil logo.