Modern technologies such as Adidas’ Boost cushioning and Nike’s self-tying E.A.R.L. help keep sneakers exciting, but sometimes it’s hard to top an iconic retro look.
Whether it’s a court shoe turned classic or a skateboard sneaker that has transcended fashion, these nostalgic kicks remain popular with consumers and continue to influence designers today.
Shop the best retro options out now below.
Vans has a number of classics in its vault, but the Old Skool is the trendiest and easiest to wear.
Vans Old Skool, $60; vans.com
Puma’s got a number of great retros to choose from, but it’s hard to top these classics made famous by NBA legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier.
Puma Clyde NYC, $85; puma.com
The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star ’70 is designed with vintage-inspired details and materials for a look and feel closer to the original.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70, $85; converse.com
You’re probably familiar with the Adidas Stan Smith and Superstar, but the Gazelle is another one of the brand’s classic retros that deserves your attention.
Adidas Gazelle, $79.99; finishline.com
Sometimes simple is better, and you can’t go wrong with a tried-and-tested design such as the Reebok Classic Leather.
Reebok Classic Leather, $74.99; reebok.com
Conceived in 1997, Foamposite remains one of Nike’s most groundbreaking technologies, and it’s never looked better than on the “Royal” Air Foamposite One.
Nike Air Foamposite One, $229.99; footaction.com
Premium materials and a remastered silhouette make this 1987 Nike runner a smart retro buy.
NikeLab Air Max 1 Pinnacle, $160; nike.com
It’s not often that a retro Air Jordan 4 stays on the shelves, so don’t pass up the opportunity to add this pair to your collection.
Air Jordan 4, $190; nike.com
With its Orlando Magic-inspired colors and Reebok Pump tech, Shaquille O’Neal’s first signature shoe is as ’90s as it gets.
Reebok Shaq Attaq, $159.99; reebok.com
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