Stan Smith may be a household name, but anybody who’s ever rocked a pair of the iconic, eponymous kicks styled by the American tennis legend should get a chance to read his book, “Some People Think I’m A Shoe”, with foreword by visionary musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams, and contributions from sports journalist Richard Evans. This book is a rare discussion in print focusing on the culture surrounding a best-selling sneaker from adidas.
The sneaker indeed has a global cult-like following and the book features original images along with historical photos. In that series of images exists an exclusive portrait series by artist Juergen Teller, peppered with contributions from Raf Simons and Pharrell. There is also interview and anecdotal material from Stan Smith, the creator of the design. Aside from his prowess on the courts, Smith is a highly celebrated sneaker designer–his iconic adidas tennis shoe stepped onto the scene in the 1970s, and has been in production ever since.
This is the first book to bring real shine onto the sneaker named after world pro tennis player Stan Smith, who achieved number one player status in his peak. The design has inspired five decades of minimalist inspiration.