As the sneaker industry collides with pop culture once again, adidas takes an unexpected leap into Springfield, merging the iconic Stan Smith design with the cult favorite show – “The Simpsons“. Named the adidas Stan Smith “Homer Simpson“, this shoe brings back the nostalgia of the longest-running sitcom with a fresh spin. It draws inspiration from one of the most memorable scenes of the series, placing our beloved Homer Simpson front and center in an unusual, yet exciting blend of animation and style.
With “The Simpsons” ruling the television universe for over 34 years, its cultural impact is undeniable. It has spawned countless memes and become an indelible part of our global pop culture narrative. So, it’s somewhat surprising that only now is adidas exploring the rich mine of visual gags and memorable scenes from the show, featuring them on their Stan Smith design. And the scene they’ve chosen to spotlight? It’s a quintessential Homer Simpson moment.
Unveiled during the Fall of 2022, the adidas Stan Smith “Homer Simpson” transports fans back to Season 5’s Episode 16, “Homer Loves Flanders“. In this episode, Homer, after being turned down by Flanders for a day out, gradually recedes into the bushes – a scene directly inspired by the unforgettable T-1000 villain from the action movie, “Terminator 2: Judgement day“. This iconic moment is artfully recreated on the sneaker’s heel tab. An embroidered Homer, sneakily lurking amongst green-hued, bushy chenille embroidery, adds a whimsical touch to the design.
The rest of the shoe stays true to the original Stan Smith design, a beloved classic in itself. However, adidas has incorporated subtle adjustments to honor the doughnut-loving protagonist. Gilded branding along the shoe’s side and a portrait of Homer Simpson atop the tongue give a delightful nod to the character, further cementing the shoe’s connection with the show.
While sneaker and Simpsons fans alike eagerly await this interesting amalgamation, the adidas Stan Smith “Homer Simpson” is expected to drop sometime in August, potentially on the 18th.
Read more: adidas x Juventus unveil 2023/24 away kit