Retro Sneakers

Retro sneakers are incredibly popular these days..because  we love things that were awesome in their day and are now considered classics.

Cars, music, architecture… Shoes are no exception.

I believe that this fashion or way of expressing ourselves has always been around. But according to various authors, the current retro sneakers craze has its roots and is bound to the beginnings of the rap and hip-hop culture of the late 70s and the 80s.

Well, they use the term ‘old school sneaker’, which means basically the same.

Retro Sneakers

Retro Sneakers

No matter what the truth is, the trend is here to stay and that’s great news for everybody because this forces the big apparel manufacturers to reissue their old models or extend the life of many of their successful ones. Think of what Adidas is doing with their originals collection or Saucony with the three decade old Jazz.

They don’t even have to reissue the whole sneaker model, they need only to borrow some classic lines or design features and add them on top of the latest in modern technology.

Wearing a classic retro sneaker model is not only a fashion statement but also a way to display your sophistication.

You won’t see your average Joe wearing a pair of Mexico 66 or some other fancy kicks. You have to be an insider and know stuff just to think of buying a pair of those.

The retro craze can also be seen as a way to protest against the modern models that sometimes seem to be brought back from Mars or designed by cyborgs. In this sense, they are a way of returning the pure authenticity of the ‘good ol’ days’.

But enough with all this analysis. Here are a number of the sneakers that made history and are now the prime focus of the retro cause:

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 – This one was introduced by ASICS especially for the 1966 Olympics in Mexico City. It’s been a huge success and they’ve kept it in production since.

Recently, they’re launched a Deluxe edition of the model that is made of leather. Each pair is hand made in Japan in four color combinations.

Saucony Jazz – It was launched in1981 and at that time, it was considered the most performant running shoe in the world.

Today, it is part of the Saucony Origans collection, which also includes special models like the Jazz Low Pro.

Adidas Gazelle – Of course, it’s part of the Originals line and as the name suggests, it’s a high performance running sneaker, inspired by soccer. It was launched back in 1968 and has gathered a whole cult following.

Puma Speeder II – It’s a classic running sneaker from the 70s, when jogging began to take over as one of the most popular ways to stay in shape and enjoy an outing in the park. Because of its huge history and light materials, it’s been reissued recently and is now a favorite for many runners.

Adidas Superstar 2 – This was the first basketball shoe to feature an all leather upper and everybody loved it for it. it was introduced in 1969, and in little over 5 years most NBA players were wearing it on court. It’s been in production since. Most recently, a special design for the Superstar II is part of the Adidas Star Wars collection.

Lacoste Carnaby – It was impossible to keep Lacoste off this list. With everything they do, it seems they create a classic. The Carnaby’s simple design makes a light shoe perfect for the summer.

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