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Retro - an old school of sneaker-wearing

What is so magical about sneakers that has been making people crazy about them for at least a couple of decades now? On top of their versatile appearance and irreplaceable convenience - their iconic status. Sneakerheads build their collections of models, some of the latter being like rare Pokemon to them - not collecting them is no option. It's because those sneakers' iconic status of a huge hit in the 90s, basketball stars's fav in the 80s or they were a 70s subculture symbol. Sports shoes of well-known brands wrote the history of sport, popular culture and, above all, streetstyle fashion. For those reasons we've always had a thing for old-school designs. Here we're gonna discuss a few retro-style models.  

What is the "oldschool-ness" of sneakers about?

Browsing the catalogues of most well-known sports footwear brands, it is hard to resist the impression that most of the models offered now are retro. The reason is that the manufacturers willingly choose battle-proven solutions and the designs customers are already familiar with. Today, almost every newly released model is an iteration of some earlier ones. A recipe appears simple - from one legendary model you borrow an upper, from another the sole and so a hybrid is born. Mixing contemporary details and inspirations drawn from the past is also a more common tactics. One could even risk saying that the only sneakers completely non-oldschool are the futuristic ones. It is hardly surprising. As fashion likes time-travelling, the trends from the past come around quite often. Most often, what seems "brand-new" only appears as such - usually it's a thoughtful interpretation of some past model. On the sneakers market makes those fashion returns are particularly noticeable. As we mentioned, sports shoes are iconic and often are bearers of specific meanings. Diverse brands' catalogues take pride in both original designs, intact for decades now as well as many iterations based on those. So, you can find truly old-school Air Jordan 1, on the one hand, as well as freshly released ploys on the classics on the other.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

These were released this year. Despite that, they look exactly like 1985 originals signed by Michael Jordan himself, when he first appeared on the basketball court wearing them. The new version of the iconic "ones", just like the original, has a high upper with a collar covering the ankle. The colorway is also a reference to the versions of Air Jordans. The model has been given the nicknames "Los Angeles" and "All Star" - which is a reference to the annual NBA stars match.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG is thus meant to be a special, available in both men's and women's versions. An interesting detail is the map of Los Angeles printed on the insole. The upper is made of natural leather, with a pattern pressed on it. In terms of usability, these Retro high OGs are in no way worse than the original Air Jordan 1s. They feature a traditional air cushion in the sole, that provides an excellent cushioning. The upper part was additionally equipped with perforations that guarantee proper air circulation in the shoes. This makes these old school style sneakers not only look great, but - just like the originals - make a perfect fit for sports.  

Vans Old Skool

Vans Old Skool, obviously, wasn't originally "Old Skool". In the late 70s they were simply Style 36. Even then their revolutionary character was evident. They were the first ones to be made of suede - earlier it was only textile. The sneakers were designed by Paul Van Doren, who intended to create shoes that would single out his brand among other skateboard-dedicated sneakers. He began with a logo - creating a white wave-shaped, calling it a "jazz stripe". Today it's Vans' hallmark.

Currently Style 36 is known as Vans Old Skool, as the latter refers to the earliest times of the brand. It enjoys great popularity mainly due to the recurring wave of trends from the 90s. It was back then, when the model triumphed on the streets of cities. Now it's back again. It has already appeared both on the most important fashion event's catwalks and on the feet of the world-famous trendsetters.

New Balance 574

This iconic model of the American brand was crucial to its success. Its appearance was the beginning of the trends upheld by New Balance until now. On top of that, the technologies applied therein translated into the irreplaceable comfort of users of these sneakers. Back in 1988, 574 were excellent running shoes. Today, they are something much more than that - a retro style icon and the flagship product of the brand. Every sneakerhead should have a pair of these shoes in their collection. Lack of those can be compared of that of adidas Superstars or Converse Chuck Taylors. The timeless look of the New Balance 574 sneakers makes it a versatile fit - regardless of the fashion trends that were chaning over the time.

Back to the future

Fashion trends are like the charcters of the legendary Robert Zemeckis' trilogy - they travel in time, back and forth. For the time travel sake, the Nike designers even prepared a special, futuristic model. They were obviously inspired by 80s style, but they intended them for the future characters - from 2015. Probably they never supposed that in 2018 people will actually go crazy about sneakers in this style.


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