The adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe design debuted in 1963 as the adidas Robert Haillet. The sneaker was originally designed for performance tennis wear. Once Haillet retried from the sport, adidas unofficially renamed the sneaker to the Stan Smith in 1971 after the sneaker's new endorser and world #1 ranked tennis player at the time. In 1978, the sneaker officially became known as the Stan Smith. The Stan Smith is known for its simple and minimal design, understated Three Stripes branding, and the Stan Smith illustration on the tongue. Decades later, the Stan Smith is no longer used for tennis but it remains one of adidas' most popular and best selling sneakers of all-time as the sneaker is very popular among fashion and sneaker culture.