The Best Retro Sneakers That Don’t Look Retro

Retro doesn’t have to mean old.

Some of the most ahead of their time and avant-garde sneaker designs around are actually from the archives of top athletic brands.

Whether it’s Reebok’s futuristic Instapump Fury (pictured above), Nike’s trail-ready Humara sneaker, or the Kanye West-approved Adidas Climacool, there are a number of ways to get retro style without looking dated.

See what we mean by shopping the top picks below.

1. Reebok Instapump Fury OG


With a design so ahead of its time buzzing fashion label Vetements couldn’t resist a collaboration, the Reebok Instapump Fury debuted in 1993, but it still somehow looks like something from the future.

Reebok Instapump Fury OG
Reebok Instapump Fury OG
CREDIT: Reebok

2. Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE


One of the more polarizing Jordan low-top designs, this Air Jordan 11 IE did away with the mid-top version’s defining patent leather overlays for a mesh-backed elephant print treatment.

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE
Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE

3. Fila Bubbles


First released in 1997, the Fila Bubbles followed suit with the bold, in-your-face branding seen on many ’90s models, but did so in a way that still looks fresh today.

Fila Bubbles
Fila Bubbles

4. Nike Air Humara 17


Nike’s trail-ready Air Humara sneaker has always been a cult favorite, and this year, the look was catapulted into the streetwear mainstream courtesy of Supreme.

Nike Humara 17
Nike Air Humara 17

5. Adidas Climacool 1


With an emphasis on ventilation, the Adidas Climacool feels just as cool as it looks. Originally released in 2002, this runner remains one of the brand’s most forward-thinking designs.

Adidas Climacool 1
Adidas Climacool 1
CREDIT: Zappos

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