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

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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
CREDIT: Nike

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
CREDIT: Hanon

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
CREDIT: Nike

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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