Sneakers have become like pearls - the more different you have, the more they admire you. Which pairs of classic sneakers should also be in your collection?
The sneaker models that we will present to you below are iconic, and behind them stand extraordinary stories, anecdotes and means, which will make you appreciate the sneaker culture that developed in the past that much more. We've compiled a list of 10 sneakers that we think everyone should have in their collection. How many do you have??
10 classic sneakers that everyone should have in their collection:
10. Converse All Star Chuck Taylor, 1917
The list wouldn't be complete without Conversk! Today, they are worn and signed by the most famous athletes in the world. Already in 1917, when the shoe was first presented, it attracted the interest of the general public and even today, after so many years, people simply adore it.
The Chuck Taylor is a more affordable version of the basketball shoe that has been adopted by various subcultures around the world. No matter who you belong to, this is a shoe you need in your collection.
9. Adidas Originals Stan Smith, 1963
The original leather version of this silhouette was first introduced in 1963. Originally made for tennis player Robert Haillet, it wasn't until 1971 that it was renamed the Stan Smith, after the tennis player who won the US Open at the age of just 24. .
The shoe even entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1998, as 22 million pairs were sold worldwide, and as of 2016, sales jumped to 50 million pairs. It remains iconic even today, so it's no wonder celebrities like A$AP Rocky and David Beckham wear it.
8. PUMA Suede, 1968
Officially released in 1968, they were considered extremely fashionable and comfortable shoes that still have historical significance today. Their silhouette is named after basketball player Walt “Clyde” Frazier. It was also the first sneaker signed by an NBA star, and 2 million pairs were sold in the first year alone.
These sneakers are important mainly because of the beginnings of hip-hop and b-boy culture, because they represented "something more" with their appearance at that time.
7. Vans Sk8-Hi, 1978
Anyone who wasn't wearing various Vans sneaker models ten years ago was clearly living under a rock. This shoe model was first introduced in 1978, and it completely hooked skateboarders - it brought fresh air to skate parks with its design, and today it has an iconic status among all sneaker lovers.
Such a shoe model represented a revolution at the time, as it was the first shoe for skateboarders made up to the ankles. With this, it somehow became a symbol of this culture, and their price is by no means negligible, as they are among the more affordable cult sneakers.
6. Nike Air Force 1, 1982
The iconic model of the shoe was designed by Bruce Kilgore. It was the first basketball shoe made with revolutionary Air technology and a durable sole. Kilgore found inspiration in the Cathedral of Notre Dame and over the years became the inspiration for the design of many other shoes. It is also said to be one of the best-selling sports shoes in the world.
This legendary model earned the title of forerunner of sneaker culture and the nickname "Uptowns" in the Harlem neighborhood that chose the Air Force 1 as its patron saint.
5. Nike Air Jordan 1, 1985
Over time, these shoes have become the most desirable piece of street fashion. The red and black combination, better known as Banned, was created in response to the ban on wearing the shoe among NBA players. NIKE capitalized on the controversy and designed an advertising campaign that made this shoe a huge hit.
Similar to the Chuck Taylor, this shoe has become popular among various subcultures.
4. Nike Air Max 1, 1987
It was 1987 and Tinker Hatfield surprised the world with a shoe model inspired by the George Pompidou Center of Art in Paris. The interior and exterior of the building served as inspiration for the iconic "foam" sole, which became the starting point for the Air Max 90, 95, 97 and many other versions.
Anyone who has ever worn Air Max sneakers knows that comfort is their biggest asset. It's also the shoe that helped NIKE reach the top, and the Revolution ad for this model has become the most iconic ad ever.
3. Nike Air Jordan III, 1988
The Jordan I will forever be in a class of its own, but the III is definitely one of the most popular silhouettes of all time. Because Michael Jordan also wore them during the 1988 season, their story is that much stronger.
After the release of the first two models, Jordan Michael was not the most impressed with the work of the NIKE company, so he wanted the company to make a triple, with which Hatfield completely charmed him. This is another model of NIKE sneakers that went down in history and thus became a strong piece of street fashion.
2. Nike Flyknit Racer, 2012
Before NIKE introduced the Flyknit Racer sneaker model in 2012, it devoted more than a decade to researching Flyknit technology itself. In the year of its release, the shoe model was named one of the best inventions in the world by Time magazine, alongside the Curiosity rover and Google Glass smart glasses.
The shoe was made for all runners who wanted footwear with the characteristics of a sock, and it also became the inspiration for all similar models from other brands, such as adidas Primeknit and PUMA EvoKnit.
1. Common Projects Original Achilles Low
This shoe model may not even be that popular in Slovenia, but world-famous fashion fans are literally fighting to get their hands on their minimalist pair. The shoes cost almost 400 euros, but it is true that this is a model that you can wear for different occasions. These are also one of the first sneakers that started expanding the field of luxury sports shoe models years ago.
At Common Projects, among other things, they do not use advertising campaigns, nor do they give away sneakers or send them to influencers, so it is not so strange that the sneakers are known only to the real ones to sneakerheads (to those who collect cult and rare, exclusive sneakers).