In the spirit of Black History Month, adidas pays tribute to legendary tennis player, Arthur Ashe for his contribution to the sport for a span of over three decades and been the first black male to win a Grand Slam tennis title (three times total).
The final release in the Arthur Ashe Tribute Collection has adidas Athletics unveiling a limited-edition apparel pack as well as a reimagined version of the Stan Smith in the likeness of the Arthur Ashe.
The Arthur Ashe x adidas Stan Smith is limited to 1,975 pairs, a reference to his 1975 Wimbledon victory—the first for any African American.
The shoe will feature a stenciled face of Arthur Ashe on the tongue, black trim around the upper lining and the scholastic colorway on the heel tab. The concept for the shoe was inspired by the on-court rivalry between the two electrifying players (Stan Smith) who were also friends behind the scenes.
The celebratory apparel pack features three performance items of clothing including a polo shirt, shorts and a heavy-weight bomber jacket. The white polo shirt features a clean spread collar and hidden button placket, while accenting the back panel with a tonal three stripe color execution representing the scholastic achievements of Arthur Ashe. The pique color bomber jacket in white takes tailoring cues from the adidas athletics design language and features a reflective tennis court graphic on the back panel to commemorate the 1975 Wimbledon win by Arthur Ashe – a first for any African American. Rounding out the design story, the inside lining up the bomber jacket features a large portrait of Arthur Ashe and the shorts are maintained in a classic 8” tennis fit for durability on the court.
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