It’s that time again!
Together with our cooperation partner adidas Golf we took the Stan Smith golf shoe and dived into the color and design world of VICE Golf. We take you behind the scenes and tell you about the process, but also the new matching products.
After the huge success of 2020, adidas and VICE Golf decided to launch another shoe collaboration. “It was incredibly fun to combine the heritage and class of the adidas Stan Smith shoe with our hidden and obvious design elements. It’s a shoe you can wear from early in the morning until late at night, on the golf course, at the bar or wherever…. we can’t wait to wear it,” say Vice founders Ingo Düllmann and Rainer Stöckl.
A new interpretation of classic silhouettes
With a timeless shoe like the Stan Smith, the question naturally arises: how can this golf shoe become a design highlight?
Technically, the Stan Smith x Vice Golf is made from the same material as the already familiar Stan Smith Golf, which adidas debuted early last year. It features the adiwear rubber outsole, which is inspired by the original sole design of the shoe. Also, the Stan Smith x Vice Golf shoe is reinforced on the medial and lateral sides to provide additional stability during the golf swing.
What you passionate golfers will notice, however, is that the classic adidas 3-Stripes are only seen on one side of the shoe at a time, with the Vice Golf logo in the same style adorning the opposite side. On the heel of the shoe, our motto “embrace your vice” is embossed, tonal and thus subtle, and it wouldn’t be a Stan Smith golf shoe without the Stan Smith patch that can be seen on the tongue. This exact illustration graces tennis legend Stan Smith with a Vice CREW cap.
“The great thing about the Stan Smith golf silhouette is that it’s the perfect canvas to play with color, and we’re excited for everyone to see these bold colorways on such a versatile shoe!”
Masun Denison, adidas’ Global Footwear Director
The shoe fit – what size am I?
Luckily with the Stan Smith x Vice Golf edition, sizing should not be a major concern: The size run is identical to the widely famous Stan Smith shoe and the fit is outstandingly comfortable. To make things easy, we prepared a size chart on the website for you to check. When compared to other major brands, adidas shoes run slightly smaller than Nike shoes for example.
The versatile use of the Stan Smith x Vice Golf shoe
The material for the upper is also made with recycled materials while still offering a waterproof experience. The classic design makes it one of the most versatile shoes to wear on and off the golf course – it is your choice!
Matching VICE Golf products underway
The most obvious feature is found in the colorway of the shoes – available in OFF WHITE, NEON LIME and NEON RED, there are countless VICE Golf products that color-match, including two new products: Shagbags and matching caps!
Vice Shagbags – Your new helper for training
The VICE shag bag upgrades the practice equipment of all training world champions. Made of high performance nylon, the shag bag is tough and durable and reinforced by a thick leather bottom. The bottom has two grommets to ensure all liquids run out of the bag – so you’ll be well equipped even in the rain. The training bag is adjustable in size as it is built like a messenger bag. On the back of the bag is a mesh net where you can safely store your valuables such as smartphone, wallet or other devices, because as always we emulate our philiosophy that we develop products with flexible functionality.
Use also for creative minds
When we sent our product testers out on the course with the first shag bags last year, we noticed that they were not training world champions: Pictures not published here show the shag bag with a few golf balls, but also numerous cans during a “training break”. Even if the shag bag isn’t isolated, there are creative uses for it beyond just golf training purposes: The Stan Smith x Vice Golf shoes fit perfectly in the shag bag up to size 46 (US12), for example, reports one of the first owners of the shoes this week.
Still, the primary function of the shag bag is to store training balls.
VICE Golf Caps to match the shoe
Those familiar with our range will know that our popular ball colors NEON LIME and NEON RED have rarely featured on caps until now: This changes with March 25, 2022: In limited edition we present 5-panel caps available in the colorways OFF-WHITE, NEON LIME and NEON RED: Starting with hand-selected materials, expressive relief embroidery and unique details, this performance cap reflects the standards we set for all our products: Best quality paired with first-class design and functionality. The adjustable SNAPBACK closure for comfortable & individual fit pays tribute to different head sizes, with a standard setting (all holes closed) the circumference of the cap is 58cm (22.8in).
More matching VICE Golf products for the launch
Looking at our golf products, you will notice that the VICE GUARD Splinter White/Grey, Neon Lime, Neon Red, but also the VICE SHINE towels in these colors, and of course our ball portfolio – whether Vice PRO, PRO PLUS or PRO SOFT, are perfect to use the Stan Smith x Vice Golf shoe release to start the season perfectly equipped!
- Available at www.vicegolf.com
- Price Stan Smith x Vice Golf Shoe: $120 / €110 / GBP 110
- Sizes available (men’s sizes): US4 – US15
- Color Variations: OFF WHITE, NEON LIME, NEON RED