Commemorating 60 years of business, adidas decided to go big in 2009. This included a special project named the 3Way Project. This special collection of sneakers brought together 12 of the best sneaker retailers that have supported the brand and allowed them to create their own versions of 5 iconic three-striped silhouettes. Each retailer was given just a minimal amount of direction and most importantly, a lot of freedom, in order to create some symmetry between the sneakers. Part of the first group of collaborators in the project, New York’s A.R.C. created the Stan Smith seen here.
A.R.C. x adidas Stan Smith uploaded by Mam_G
A.R.C. have been selling sneaker staples like the Stan Smith 80s since day one – their admiration for the clean, classic and functional lines of this bestseller is evident, sitting in line with their own store aesthetic. Treating this signature icon as the forefather of contemporary sneaker culture, after this model has been treated with just about every application going during its lengthy lifespan, the New York retail innovators have taken it back-to-basics. Embellishing tradition with an off-white all-canvas upper, tiny trademark details like the ’3-Stripes’ of perforation have been retained in a new way – as strips of embroidered dots in lieu of holes, and completed with tongue branding, this is an incredibly tasteful, timeless reworking that should retain the same cross-cultural unisex appeal the Stan Smith has always retained.
How do you feel about A.R.C.’s version of the classic Stan Smith in comparison to other makeups of the tennis silhouette?