12 Retro-Inspired Sneakers That You Can Wear Forever
From canvas high-tops to suede lows, some of the coolest modern sneakers take inspiration from their classic counterparts. In the '60s and '70s, sports like track and tennis drove companies to create sneakers that then made the jump to street style. And considering the fact that nostalgia has been a huge inspiration for modern menswear recently, a retro-inspired sneaker is a great way to get on board. Here are some of the coolest ones around this season.
Adidas's Gazelle sneaker has been around since the '60s—one of the first sneakers to highlight suede as its main fabric.
BURBERRY Checked Sneakers
The shape is inspired by low-slung court shoes from the mid-20th Century, but the navy color is timeless—and pairs especially well with a suit.
CONVERSE Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Can't beat a classic black Chuck.
FILA Original Tennis Pinstripe Sneaker
Fila's tennis sneaker was one of the first the company offered back in 1980s. The pinstripe lining is a subtle update for modern wear.
GUCCI Ace Watersnake Trimmed Leather Sneakers
A varsity stripe is a simple but standout feature that adds a retro track feel to pretty much anything.
ONITSUKA TIGER GSM Sneakers
Onitsuka Tiger is part of Asics, the brand that pioneered the low-top and striped sneaker movement in the '60s Olympics.
LORO PIANA Weekend Walk Two-Tone Suede Sneakers
The running-inspired shape on these Loro Piana sneakers is a callback to the early days of modern sneakers, as is the subtle gum sole.
NEW BALANCE 998 Beach Ball
New Balance for J.Crew's beach ball sneaker adds just the right amount of bright color to a time-tested shape.
NIKE Cortez Premium
Nike Cortezes are a classic—as is this bold mustard color.
PRADA Match Race Paneled Suede
An active-inspired silhouette reminiscent of the days when track and field style just began its jump (pun intended) into street fashion.
REEBOK Club C 85
Reebok's Club C launched in the '80s to adhere to tennis club dress codes, but its throwback shape is now popular as lifestyle shoe.
TRETORN Nylite Plus
Tretorn's Nylite shoe was another lifestyle shoe born out of tennis. The shoe itself has barely changed since its launch back in the '70s.
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