Theres a lot a former president can do when he leaves office. Starting a foundation to support charitable endeavors is a popular route, and the one former President Barack Obama has taken, while also inadvertently embarking on another post-presidential vocation: style icon.
As one of the youngest presidents to take office, Obama has always had a certain amount of swag in comparison to his older predecessors, but hes also had his missteps ( remember those mom jeans? ). However, despite aging (hes now a respectable 58 years old), Obamas reprieve from government office seems to have had a positive affect on his personal style, as evidenced by his cool sneaker game.
The Internet is going crazy over a picture of him from this past December, where he was pictured in a pair of timeless Adidas Originals Stan Smith
leather sneakers. The 44th President paired the iconic kicks with a simple white polo shirt and belted, cropped chinos. Yes, the man showed some ankle and we are here for it. Best of all, Obama shows that whether youre 18 or 58, you can look sophisticated and cool in a pair of minimalist sneakers.
The Stan Smith is Adidas first leather tennis shoe, created in the 1960s and officially rechristened the Stan Smith after the tennis player in the 1970s. Through the 80s and 90s, the clean white kicks had their ups and downs in popularity, but ever since Adidas relaunched a retro version of the Stan Smiths in 2008, these sneakers have been donned by the coolest celebrities and tastemakers, solidifying the Adidas shoe as a timeless choice for epic style.
Sure, you dont need much convincing to buy a pair of Stan Smithsjust look at them. But with Obama rocking the shoe today, it goes to show that you cant beat great, classic sneaker style. So while the sneakerhead set might be running off to score the latest, wackiest sneaker collaboration, you can walk confidently knowing your Stan Smiths will stand the test of time for high style. Just make sure to stock up on some
no shows , too.