If you're looking to build a wardrobe that'll last, the Stan Smith is the sneaker to start with.
Listen, man, there are a lot of sneakers out there these days, and it can be hard to keep track of what's popping when what's popping seems to be so susceptible to change, especially when it comes to currying fashion's increasingly fickle sense of favor. My suggestion: opt out entirely. Fuck it. You only ever really need one sneaker, provided the sneaker involved is the right one. And for many, many people, that sneaker is the Stan Smith.
By now you're probably already familiar with the details of the shoe's origin story (if not the tennis legend who lent it its name), and might even be aware that after The Great Stan Smith Resurgence of the early 2010s, the buzz surrounding the shoe died down a little bit, at least among the well-shod feet of the fashion cognoscenti. But guess what? You're above all that. Because you're not interested in fashion, my friend, you're interested in style, and style is predicated on the idea of investing in pieces that will never really be "in" or "out" because they were never really either to begin with. (To be fair, the silhouette is still famously favored by some of the most fashionable people in the world—see: Philo, Phoebe— and if it's good enough for them, it's sure as hell good enough for me.)
If you're looking to build a wardrobe that'll last, the Stan Smith is the sneaker to start with, and right now you can scoop a pair—along with a whole bunch of other Adidas styles—for 20 percent off, courtesy of Nordstrom. Adidas hardly ever offers a discount on its deep roster of OG silhouettes, so the chance to cop a pair on the low is cause enough to celebrate.
Choose timelessness over trendiness by stocking up on a pair (or a few) of high-quality, classic kicks actually worthy of those qualifiers and rest easy knowing that with all the other shit going on right now, you suddenly have one less thing to worry about.