There has never been a more comfortable time in fashion than this exact second—sneakers are trendy, kitten heels are chic and athleisure is still going strong. What a time to be alive. But if you’re anything like us, you’re practically Fred Flinstone-ing in your Adidas Stan Smiths, having worn the bottoms out from excessive wear. You could just buy another pair…or you could expand your repertoire with Adidas’s second-generation cult classic, the Adidas Originals Continental 80.
While Stan Smith sneakers officially debuted in 1978, they were rereleased in 2014—the exact time the fashion crowd adopted them as their own. We couldn’t walk a New York City block without seeing at least a few pairs on stylish women, men and children. Because let’s face it: They look just as good with jeans as they do with dresses, and after decades of hobbling around in heels, they were such a welcome, pillowy change.
And now, five years later, another Adidas sneaker is revolutionizing the street-style scene yet again. The Continental 80s originally stepped out in the late ’80s (hence the name) but were reintroduced this past June, which explains the sudden popularity. They serve as the inspiration for Kanye’s Adidas Yeezy Powerphase sneakers making them even more trendy, and they are somehow comfier than our old Stans (if you can believe it). They’re characterized by a red and navy stripe down the upper and a terry-cloth interior, making them the perfect kicks for summer.
Ready to give your Stan Smiths a much-deserved rest? Grab yourself the newest "it" sneaker and slip on a floral print dress. Welcome in your summer 2019 uniform.