Adidas’ New Stan Smith “Winter Shoe” Review Fall / Winter 2015

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Stan Smith Winter Boots On LogAs a self-confessed Stan Smith junkie, I was excited to see the release of the new winter boot in the line. The new shoe features an ankle-high cuff, insulation, and high-grip soles.

Needless to say, I had to learn more… and could the new Stan variant ween me off my current winter shoe of choice, the Dr Marten?

Stans have always boasted classic sleek lines from the yesteryear courts of Wimbledon. Since the 2014 relaunch of the shoe, Adidas has been introducing an ever greater array of variations from the “classic,” to mi Stan, and now this winter boot (which as far as I’m aware is their first crack at a Stan Smith boot). My main concern regarding the boot silhouette would be the loss of the classic lines, making the shoe feel chunky.

See my full review below to find out my thoughts, and shop Stan Smith Adidas here on Amazon.

Stan Smith Winter Boots With Jeans

Stan Smith Winter Shoes

Color Options

Three Stan Smith Winter Boot Colors

The shoe comes in three colorways:

  1. Tan,
  2. Core Black, and
  3. Night Brown

Update: there have been several more introduced, with a fantastic gray herringbone with small red and yellow fleck.

Grey Herringbone Stan Smith by Adidas

I personally opted for the latter two, as the tan version looked a little bit to much like a Timberland boot / sneaker hybrid.

Materials

Black and Brown Stans Winter Boots

The material has a slight nap to it, like a very fine suede.  My initial concern was that the material would be a magnet to dirt, but after wearing in several rain storms no major ill effects were seen. However, I still reserve judgment for the overall longevity of the shoe, especially since it’s classed as a “winter boot”.

Grip

Continential Sole Of Stan Smith Winter Boot

The “Continental” rubber sole is the most noticeable upgrade from the typical Stan. It’s truly more beefy, and affords much greater grip. (Please see below for an array of side by side pictures of the boots vs a standard Stan Smith tennis shoe.)

Insulation & Gusset

Shoes insulation and gusset

The ankle-high backing, and gusset provide nice warmth and protection against water and snow.

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Lacing System

Metal D-ring lacing system

Maintaining some resemblance of a winter / weather proof shoe, I greatly appreciated the lacing system adopted by Adidas. The metal D-ring eyelets keep the laces on the outside of the shoe, and minimize perforations into the shoe and thus keep water out.

Box

Shoes in Adidas Originals boxes

Just the bog standard Adidas box. (Note, I’m a size 14, and as per usual the shoe is just too large for the box…)

Winter Boots V Standard Shoe

Below you’ll find ten comparison pictures of the Winter Boot Vs the standard Stan Smith shoe.

Shoe v boot on side

Shoe v boot on sole

Shoe and boot backs compared

Soles of Stan Smith shoe and boot

Sole treads compared

Shoes sole to sole

Heel padding compared

Stand Smith Shoe And Boot Compared

Wearing Stan Smith Shoe and Winter Boot

 

Overall Impressions

Stan Smith Winter Boots Being Tested

Overall I’m very happy with the boots.

The initial concern of a loss of sleekness was in fact unfounded. The major pros of the shoe are:

  • Warmth
  • Grip from Continental rubber sole
  • Gusset
  • D-ring lacing system
  • Additional option for all the Stan fans out there who have it “all”

About the Author:

Paul Anthony is the founder and creative director at Bespoke Unit. He has had a life long affair with design, watches, fragrance and clothing. Originally from England, he now lives in the USA splitting time between NYC & Philly. Favoring "British Style", but has an overall eclectic taste.

9 Comments

  1. Sarah November 10, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Do they make these in women’s?

    • Paul Anthony November 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      I don’t believe they do. However, I did just check and they run as small as a US Men’s size 4.5, making that a women’s 6.5.

      Hopefully that helps!

  2. cyn January 16, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Hi Paul! nice review! 🙂 really appreciate the side by side with regular Stan Smith!

    hope you don’t mind a quick Q : did you buy the same size for the regular and winter boot? was the fit consistent even with the added padding of the winter shoe?
    thanks!!

    • Paul Anthony January 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      Thanks for the complement.

      I have a rather wide foot, and found the winder boot to be no more snug with the additional padding.

      If you do the lases all the way up, then will feel more restrictive then the regular Stan around the ankle, but that’s the only difference I noticed aside from being warmer.

      Thanks,

      – Paul

      • Cyn January 24, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

        thanks Paul!! I’m totally sold 🙂

  3. johnny March 1, 2016 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Hi Paul,

    As I am planning to purchase through online, should I buy a half size bigger or my regular Adidas size — which is 9 1./2 for Adidas Superstar. Thansk

    Cheers

    • Emily Anne March 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Hey Johnny, If you’re planning on wearing boot socks, a 1/2 size larger would probably work. If you’re not planning on wearing thick socks, your normal shoe size should work perfectly!

      • johnny March 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

        Thank you Emily

  4. Norman November 20, 2017 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    where can I find a pair Mens size 9 ?

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