Adidas Stan Smith 2.5 The Adidas Stan Smith was introduced in 1965 as the first all leather tennis shoe. The earliest version of the shoe was produced in cooperation with and endorsed by French tennis player, Robert Haillet. This first version of the shoe had a thick outsole and lacked the Adidas Trefoil logo on the heel. In the mid-1960's, an up and coming tennis phenomenon came to the attention of Adidas, and the shoes were renamed in 1971 after Stan Smith, a tennis legend in the making. Stan Smith, a 6'3 tennis marvel from Pasadena, California, won seven Davis Cup victories, 39 singles titles and 61 doubles crowns in his career. His shoes, the Adidas Stan Smiths, are one of Adidas best-selling shoes of all time with over 30 million pairs sold.