Adidas: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Adidas is one of the most popular and widely recognized sports apparel brands in the world. However, despite the fact that the brand has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about the iconic sports apparel brand. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: The Stan Smith Wasn’t Always the Stan Smith. You might know that Stan Smith was the person behind one of Adidas’ most popular tennis sneaker, but did you know it wasn’t always named after him? In fact, it was first named after the French tennis player Robert Haillet.

Number Fourteen: It Produced the First Sneaker With Computer Technology. The Micropacer, which Adidas released in 1984, was the very first sneaker to have computer technology. The sneaker had a computer display across the front of the shoe.

Number Thirteen: It Had its Own Park in Boston. It’s true! Unsurprisingly, the park was called Adidas Park, and if you showed up there wearing anything other than their shoes, you’d be kicked out – and possibly beaten up.

Number Twelve: It Wasn’t Always Called Adidas. The brand was founded by a man named Adi Dassler, but his first footwear brand was actually called Gebruder Dassler Schuhfabrik. Let’s just say we’re glad he moved onto the shorter name.

Number Eleven: Dassler’s First Designs Were Track Spikes. Though the brand sells many kinds of shoes now, its founder first designed track spikes.

Number Ten: Run DMC Got Their Endorsement Deal at Madison Square Garden. Rather than go through numerous meetings and negotiations, Adidas offered Run DMC a deal after the group performed at Madison Square Garden and told everybody to hold up their Adidas shoes in the air.

Number Nine: Russell Simmons Came Up With “My Adidas” When He Was High. Simmons reportedly came up with the legendary idea after smoking angel dust. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Adidas, coming soon!