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Who Is Stan Smith, Actually?

We all know the Adidas sneakers — but who is Stan Smith, the man?

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Today, Adidas’s Stan Smiths are a universal symbol of cool. But who was Stan Smith, the man? Turns out, he wasn’t nearly as trendy as his namesake sneakers now are.

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