When it comes to tennis sneakers that made the leap from the courts to the streets, there’s arguably nothing more iconic than the Adidas Stan Smith. If you want something that’s a little different, but with a similarly stylish silhouette and the same tennis pedigree, though, maybe check out this Nike x Fragment Design Tennis Classic AC.
Originally made for running back and forth on clay courts, this classic silhouette made its first appearance back in the 70s, but has since been updated multiple times for use as everyday streetwear. Sure, it’s not quite as prominent a design as Agassi’s signature series, but this particular reimagining from Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment Design collective is simply an absolute winner.
The Nike x Fragment Design Tennis Classic AC features supple leather uppers in a rich navy color, cushioned midsoles, and tough rubber outsoles, creating a look that should wear great with a whole load of things from your closet. Tee and tailored sweat pants? Yes. Button down and jeans? Sure. Unstructured suit and chinos for the office? I can see that. It’s a practical and comfortable pair of lace-ups, with just enough personality to hold its own, whether on your feet or on a rack at home. Features include a leather and mesh lining, Nike’s swoosh logo discreetly perforated on the sides, and debossed tone-on-tone designer emblems.
Available from Mr. Porter, the Nike x Fragment Design Tennis Classic AC in navy blue is priced at $150.