With people camping out and lining up even before the sun rose, headlines reporting sold out styles in minutes, fashion magazines featuring celebrities and fashionistas sporting it with their everyday wear countless times, these shoes became at the forefront of footwear. Today, they’ve become the classics worn by almost everyone – children, teens, and adults; men and women.
We’ve made a list of iconic sneakers that stood the test of time.
8. New Balance – 574
New Balance 574 was marketed as running trainers but has transitioned to become an everyday sneaker known for its comfort and wide selection of colors.
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7. Onitsuka Tiger – Tiger Corsair
The jogging shoes of the 70s, Tiger Corsair is known for being the first shoes designed with the famous tiger stripes.
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6. Vans – Authentic
Professional skaters have always depended on Vans Authentic, originally named “Style #44,” but it’s popularity was also embraced by non-skaters for their daily wear.
5. Converse – Chuck Taylor All-Stars
From its stint as a sportswear on professional basketball courts, Chuck Taylor All-Stars was also able to establish itself as a reliable casual footwear on the streets. It remains as one of the most iconic shoes today.
4. Adidas – Stan Smith
Adidas’ Stan Smith was the shoe of professional tennis players back in the day, but stepping foot onto fashion grounds was an accidental success. This leather shoe has become practically everyone’s classic white sneakers.
3. Adidas – Superstar
This shell toe shoe was also worn by basketball players in the ‘70s and then, by RUN-D.M.C. in the ‘80s. Who would’ve thought though that it would now be worn by celebrities and fashionistas alike? Its name is Superstar for a reason.
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2. Nike – Air Force 1
Air Force 1 was the first basketball shoe that featured Nike’s Air Technology, but it’s all-white style made it easy to wear, becoming a favorite for many.
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1. Nike – Air Max 1
Inspired by the architecture of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Nike made a mark on footwear technology by designing Air Max 1 with air-cushioned soles. Sneakerheads are always on the lookout for the latest collaboration and colorways of this shoe.
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