Certain brands of athletic footwear became highly popular during the s, although the earliest known reference to "sneakers" was made years earlier during the s to be precise in the Boston Journal. The American term comes from the fact that the rubber soles were much quieter than leather ones which allowed you to "sneak up" on someone. Well, you wouldn't have been very successful in our school gym judging by the horrendous squeaking noises they used to make!
Classic sneakers have inspired the bulk of modern sneaker-wearing. Canvas high-tops, suede low-tops, leather tennis shoes—you name it, every sneaker you like right now likely takes inspiration from the past. Obviously, sports had an especially profound impact on sneakers, like track, tennis, and basketball.
Nothing can make or break an outfit quite like them. Over the years, we've seen some of the best and worst pairs take the spotlight. From jelly shoes to Doc Martens, we're taking our readers on a nostalgic tour down the footwear aisle.
Select your nearest Central Casting office. Some looks you create will reflect your own personal modern style, while others may involve some research. Central Casting casts movies, TV shows, and other productions that take place during all sorts of time periods, some like This is Us and Timelesscan take place over multiple time periods in the same show.
The 80s were a magical time. Hair metal reigned supreme, hip hop was just starting to gain popularity, people discovered spandex, and for whatever reason, bangs were a good hairstyle. Another magical thing happened in the 80s: shoe proliferation.
Transcending foot coverage sincethis once hoops shoe was named after Air Force One, the aircraft that carries the U. It was the first basketball shoe to house Nike Air, revolutionizing the game for players like Moses Malone and Charles Barkley while rapidly gaining traction around the world, from the hardwood to the blacktop to the core of hip-hop culture. Today the Nike Air Force 1 stays true to its roots with a soft, springy cushioning and a massive midsole, but the Nike Air technology takes a backseat to the shoe's status as an icon.
Nostalgia can be a terrible thing. Not when it comes to fashionthough, and definitely not when it comes to retro trainers. The best sneakers are often ancient, older than your dad.
We spent 7. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:. The classic Adidas Superstar 80s resurfaces the nostalgic feeling of the original shell-toe silhouette of the Superstar.