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Sneakers are quite possibly the most popular type of shoes — and for good reason.
Optimised for performance, sneakers are the ideal footwear choice when it comes to sports and casual wear, and there are literally thousands of options available.
While a huge gamut of sneaker brands, styles, and colours might be appealing to to people interested in being fashionable, the reality is that it can be very hard to keep up with trends.
Sneakers evolve around performance and innovation, so new designs come out all the time. Brands try all kinds of things to make their sneakers look unique and perform well. With that said, the latest and greatest today might be completely undesirable in a few years.
Trends change, but certain sneakers have stood the test of time. A well-designed classic sneaker has the ability to transcend generations and is much bigger than a fad.
If you want a pair of sneakers that won’t go out of style after a year or so, pick up one of these timeless classics now.
Originally released in 1969, the Adidas Superstar is one of the longest-lasting classic sneakers. Designed as a premium basketball sneaker that dominated the courts in the 70s, it was first recognised for its fashionable style in the 80s. Still to this day, the iconic shell-toe can be found on the feet of many.
The Adidas Stan Smith is such an iconic shoe that it will likely live on in the brand's line of products forever. Originally designed for tennis legend Stan Smith, the shoe has become a lifestyle staple. Its simple white leather upper is accented by green on the tongue and heel.
The Air Force 1 originally debuted in 1982 as Nike's premier basketball sneaker. It featured a high top strapped design and quickly became a popular style choice thereafter. The classic silhouette makes way for endless design and colorway options. Over its more than 30 years of existence, there have been a handful of special editions and collaborations, but the all-white colour remains a classic, as it can be worn with anything.
The Air Jordan 1 is largely responsible for modern-day sneaker enthusiasm. In 1985, a time where most sneakers were white, Michael Jordan changed the game with a pair of black and red sneakers that he wore against NBA rules. Instead of conforming to the rules, Nike happily paid the fine and continued to put out many great colorways for fans to wear and collect.
The Puma Suede Classic is easily the most popular design the brand has ever made, and that can be attributed to its amazing quality and style. As the name suggests, the sneakers feature a rich suede upper. Additional details such as gold flake brand accents make the shoes a timeless design.
It almost goes without saying that the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are a classic. As simple as the canvas design is today, it was once a premium basketball sneaker. The shoe is so popular, it once was a the military-issued footwear for soldiers to use recreationally. Today, pretty much every person you know, no matter how young or old, has owned a pair of All-Stars before.
Vans has a heritage that runs deep in Southern California skate and surf culture. The Authentic was once the go-to skate shoe in the 60s, but while its technology has since become outdated, the style remains. It features a durable canvas upper, metal eyelets, and a waffle outsole.
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