Adidas Superstar vs Stan Smith shoes (What’s The Difference Between The Two Shoes)

I wanted to bring you a detailed look and review of two classics that have been remade with Boost technology.

I will let you know what the difference between the two shoes is and which one I would buy personally if I had to choose only one.

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Adidas Superstar vs Stan Smith


Adidas Superstar

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Let’s start off with the Adidas Superstar featuring the Boost technology on the bottom.

Boost and The Bottom

The part shown on the picture is what I think threw a lot of consumers off when they saw the first images of these. There’s weird protruding Boost out the side. It looks like Boost has a muffin top just sticking out the side of the shoe.


This is definitely an odd placement in the shoe and probably not everybody’s favorite.

Will that protruding craziness be forgivable because it is Boost and that means ultimate cushioning and technology on the inside of the shoe? I have to say it’s not really that dope.

I’m a Boost head but it’s not really felt on the Superstar part of it it’s because of the way they encased it.

The bottom actually shows some Boost but it’s not really felt unfortunately, which is the part that sucks.

Right under the heel, there’s some Boost cushioning and this is probably the most felt part in the heel, but in the forefoot you can’t really feel it. That was kind of a downer for me for somebody that was so into it.

I do have to say though I do like that they kept it kind of true to form with the rubberized midsole and the shell toe abviously. But, it just did not really work with the shoe in my opinion.


I like to walk on Boost with my Pure Boost and my Ultra Boost and the Adidas Superstar is defintely on the low end of the Boost feeling.

On the positive side of these sneakers, if you’re just an absolute fanatic of the Adidas shell toe model and you want a little bit extra comfort, this shoe is a little bit lighter than traditional shell toes.

And if you want a little bit additional comfort on these shoes, this is definitely better than the original but still not enough to make me decide that this is the shoe that is a must-have.

That is enough about the Adidas Superstar. If you need any more details, make sure you check these reviews.

Let’s go ahead and get in to the Adidas Stan Smith.

Adidas Stan Smith

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The fun fact about the Stan Smith is this was originally introduced in 1963 and it wasn’t the Stan Smith. So in 1965, this tennis shoe model was actually called Robbert Hallet, a French professional tennis player. So these were originally tennis shoes.


Another fun fact is in 1967, the green foam padding on the back of the shoe was actually added for Achilles tendon protection. In 1971 it was actually renamed the Adidas Stan Smith and Adidas was actually ranked number 1 in the world at the time. In 1973, Stan Smith signed a contract with Adidas at that point.

That’s a little bit of history and thank you wikipedia for filling me in on the Stan Smiths.

The Upper


One of the cool features about the original shoe is the perforation for the three stripes. There’s actually no three-stripe branding except for that. So this is a remodeled version of the Stan Smiths with this crazy big Boosty midsole.

Something else they added on the Stan Smiths was a nice little suede heel cup with the name Stan Smith on it.


I will say that the leather is OK. It’s not very good to be 100% honest because it creased the first time I wore the shoes. But that sort of stuff is going to happen no matter what.


If you wear these with regular socks, you’re going to be totally fine. But if you wear them with ankle socks though, the tongue is definitely rough.

Boost And The Bottom


Unlike the Adidas Superstar with the encasing of Boost in the outsole, Adidas did some justice to the Boost cushioning material on the Stan Smith. They gave it a full Boost midsole that shows on the bottom. This is similar to the way they did the Pure Boost and I really like this overall effect.


It shouldn’t be any surprise for you guys because I’ve been a huge advocate of the Pure Boost since they originally came out, and this is kind of like Pure Boost midsole with the upper of the Stan Smith. It’s just kind of like the perfect match.

Adidas also added a line right on top of the midsole which kind of gives a stitching look to the shoe but it’s not obviously any stitching.

All in all, the execution of the Boost cushioning was perfect on the shoe. Leather was meh but you definitely get your money’s worth with the Boost midsole.

So, do I recommend the Stan Smith shoe? Absolutely. I think it’s going to be a great shoe.

Before And After

The Adidas Stan Smith was just not my favorite sneaker and when I tried it on, I was not sold on the model even for the discounted price that I could get it for. I just decided to pass on it because it was not very comfortable and was actually very stiff.

But these ones in my opinion are definitely a much better pair of sneakers because of the Boost. The upper is still mediocre but the fact that it has the classic appeal of the Stan Smith matched with the future technology of the Adidas Boost makes this a must-have for people that are after that classic look but at the same time max comfort.

Fit And Sizing (Both Shoes)

The fit was a little bit weird. I know my feet are a little bit odd anyway, so it’s hard for me to give you guys advice or what size to get since we all have a different type of feet.

I went with a size 9 on both pairs of sneakers because traditionally both the Superstar and the Stan Smith run a little bit big. This means if I’m a size 9.5, I’ll go down to a size 9 on both of them.

However, it worked for one and didn’t really work for the other one. So the Stan Smith fits me perfectly at a size 9 whereas the shell toes model was a little bit snug at a size 9. Maybe it’s because of the shell toe itself.

So, there’s just a little bit of difference in the size, but it was enough for me to notice. So size 9.5 would have been good for me on the Superstar and size 9 definitely fits me just fine on the Stan Smith.

You guys can correct me in the comment section if I’m wrong about the sizing, but that’s how they fit my feet and that is my recommendation.

The Verdict

So out of the two sneakers I would definitely pick the Stan Smiths. These are great sneakers for lifestyle and are going to look great with a pair of shorts and a T-shirt for summertime.

However, I’m not a big fan of green, but with the classic color way it is kind of a nice combination.

With the Boost, you can wear the Stan Smiths all day long on those boardwalks or whatever it is and your feet will be thanking you later.

All in all, I’m happy that I tried out both pairs of sneakers. I would definitely not keep the Superstars, just a personal preference. The Stan Smiths are definitely butter.

So that wraps up our “Adidas Superstar vs Stan Smith” comparison.

I really want to know what you guys think about the Boost on the Superstar, and do you think if they put a Boost midsole like they did on the San Smith it would make the shoe a better purchase or it would detract from the original flow of the shell toe?

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