Adidas/September 2023

How to Style Chunky Footwear: the New Stan Smith

A heritage icon evolves beyond the court and into new chunky sneaker territory.

Forever Young

Stan Smith has always stayed true to its roots. But sometimes an icon needs to evolve beyond its heritage. In recent years, the all-American shoe has bounced off the court onto the front row. The latest iteration is no different, swiftly elevating itself beyond the runway and onto the streets.

From chic separates to bright and bold statement looks, the new Stan Smith lends itself to a vast range of styled aesthetics. Here’s how to make this icon your own.

Girl wearing Blue Version blue top and pants, with the Stan Smith black chunky sneaker.




Male model wearing black track set Blue Version collection, with a leather jacket styled with Stan Smiths in a hotel.

Double Decker

Chunky footwear is back with a vengeance, but these aren’t your dad’s janky old sneakers. Sleek and elevated, the bulked-up soles move with fluidity. Let your shoes do the talking (and the walking) and pair with your favourite tracksuit.

Amp up your look with bold colors and mismatched textures—or keep it clean with muted tones and sharp lines for the true minimalist at heart.


















Model walking out of the bathroom with a Blue Version velvet suit and Stan Smiths.

Punk’d up Kicks

Nothing screams anarchy more than a clashing of cultures. Now you no longer have to choose between your trusty leather jacket and your hardworking tracksuit.

Keep the look monochromatic for a polished finish and always trust your LBT (little black tracksuit) to take you from day to night. To turn up the volume, layer up leather over leather with a button-up or vest.

















Seeing Double

Nothing means business like transcendent tailoring. Keep it playful with bold colors and unexpected textures. For a modern twist, ditch the dress shoes and slip on your favourite platform footwear as you develop your suiting style. Keep your blazer sharp and pant legs wide for a more contemporary look.

Two images, one of a male model sitting in a hotel room wearing the Blue Version collection jacket and shorts, with Stan Smiths. A girl wearing the Blue Version collection stands in an elevator in the second image.

Keep it Classic

The minimalist iteration of a stacked, chunky Stan Smith is begging to be shown off. Elevate a clean aesthetic by boosting the glamour in head-to-toe sequins and contrast your bright white sneakers with a bold black sock.

For a more casual look, shine a light on Y2K noughties nostalgia in a crop top and high-cut sweatpants. Minimalists can now live by the maximalist mantra: more is most certainly more.



Girl sitting at a desk, wearing the Blue Version green tracksuit, styled with Stan Smiths

Retro Active

According to campaign stylist Celestine Cooney, the beauty of a classic is that you, your dad, a teenager in Boston and a toddler in Beijing can all wear and appreciate the same design.

















“I’d do a pristine white Stan [Smith] with cream socks, old baggy cords, a printed button down shirt and vintage leather jacket”

Stylist Celestine Cooney


In the spirit of juxtaposing aesthetics and eras, bring your casual look into the future by choosing a tonal style deeply rooted in the adidas archive.

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