Smith was created by Orthodonist (and perhaps more importantly, skiier), Dr. Bob Smith in 1965. Dr. Smith hand built, the first sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam goggles. Working out his garage, and selling them out of his van on weekend ski trips in Utah and Colorado, Bob Smith was refining goggle design. Taking his innovation, he started producing his 'Smith Original Ski Goggles' in 1969 in Colorado before moving to Idaho in 1971.
By 1979, Smith had introduced the 'Turbo Fan' constant air management system which operated a micro-fan, just on the brow of the goggle. This was the first goggle with an active ventilation system. This intention was followed by the 'Roll Off Film' in 1984, which was designed for moto goggles that would provide riders with mud and dust-free vision on demand. By, 1989 Smith is Incorporated as 'Smith Sport Optics, Inc.' and by 1995 the brand began partnering with world-renowned design lab IDEO. This partnership redefined sport sunglasses as we know them.