An exclusive interview with Stan Smith in Taiwan by KENLU
Legendary tennis player Stan Smith came to Taiwan this time by the opportunity of adidas’ 60th anniversary, and the well-known sneaker forum kenlu.net also seized the opportunity to interview the legendary figure who may appear on your Adidas tongue. Let’s enjoy Stan Smith’s KENLU interview and pictures.
In 2009, in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the three classic lines of Adidas, Adidas original Taipei concept store was fully refitted and upgraded on March 13. The transformation of “atelier” and “creation factory” with the concept of Founder ADI Dassler studio reappeared. On the same day, tennis legend Stan Smith was invited to visit. Stan Smith is a legend in American tennis, The double partner with Bob Lutz has won many important competitions and is also the spokesman of Adidas classic style Stan Smith. Countless colors and styles have been derived in more than 30 years since 1971. The following is an exclusive interview with kenlu.net.
How did you start working with Adidas?
In 1965, Adidas was about to enter the American market, and I broke into a sky in American tennis, so I opened an opportunity to cooperate with me.
Why did you choose to cooperate with Adidas?
They provided me with an opportunity to have signed shoes (Adidas Stan Smith), which was a rare honor at that time. I spend most of my time with Horst Dassler, the son of ADI Dassler, the brand founder. He has a leading sports marketing concept in the industry. You can see that many of them are still used today.
How do you feel about shoes with their own name?
It feels great! But because shoes are so famous, some people will think my name comes from a pair of shoes, or my job is to make shoes. (laughs)
Adidas Stan Smith has become a classic of shoes, from which many styles are derived, and even the styles of skateboarding shoes. I don’t know what your opinion is on this
I was surprised by the appearance of these styles, which showed the brand’s efforts in maintaining and continuing the shoes. I often think it’s incredible that Adidas Stan Smith is still on sale today, that is, there is no impossible spirit!
Anyway, are you skateboarding?
In addition to tennis, I have also played basketball before, but now I mostly play golf. When playing tennis, I will choose the style with more shock absorbers, rather than wearing Adidas Stan Smith. On the contrary, I have a pair of golf shoes, which are from Stan Smith’s style. My daughter and son are also closely related to sports. My daughter Austin at UNC is the top three tennis players in the United States, but my son Ramsey is the head coach of the tennis team at Duke University
Finally, please share your attitude towards life
Love every game and have fun! I often feel that I have hardly worked in my life. In my opinion, the hard tour is to travel around and show my best tennis talent. Everyone has different strengths, but you should cherish him and give full play to him anyway.
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