Best Retro Sneakers

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Simple classics. These retro sneakers will keep you eternally in style. Retro sneakers are one of my favorite genre of shoes – because they’re just so, well, classy. They pair well with almost any outfit, from super casual, to smart casual, to even more on the formal side.

Here are some of my top picks for retro kicks:

Adidas Originals

Adidas Originals Retro Sneakers
Adidas Originals Sambas – A name that evokes the 60s, with a style that’s an eternal classic


You’ve got the classic three stripes logo on the side, the Adidas trefoil logo on the tongue, solid color choices. Choose from canvas or leather.

The Adidas Samba, originally designed as an indoor soccer training shoe is one of the most popular lines of Adidas Originals – easily recognized by the word “SAMBA” written on all caps running along the backmost stripe on the side of the sneaker. Sambas took off in the 1950s and have been flying off the shelves ever since. Adidas Samoas had a wave of popularity in the 1980s and are another great retro Adidas Original. With either one, you’ll be in style today.

You can take your pick of over a 100 models on Zappos. Here are several models to start with:
adidas Originals – Samba Leather (White/Navy) – Footwear


Puma Suede

Puma Suede Retro Sneakers
Puma Suede. Since 1968.


I love a suede shoe. And this baby is the face that launched a thousand ships.

The Puma Suede first made waves with its debut in 1968. Since then it’s become Puma’s all-time best seller and most well-known shoe. For very good reason. Its sophisticated material and classic form is eternally styling. They make a statement without overpowering. It’s like a classic cut suit… for your feet.

Browse more Puma Suedes here:
PUMA – PUMA Suede (Team Regal Red/White) – Footwear


Onitsuka Tiger by Asics

Onitsuka Tiger Retro Sneakers
Asian tiger. Onitsuka by Asics.


A little sneaker history for you…

Back in post-WWII Japan, the country was reeling from its devastation but working hard to turn itself into a powerhouse famous for design and well-made products with hardcore attention to detail. Sports were on the top of the agenda for reinvigorating Japan’s youth. In 1949, Mr Onitsuka launched a line of shoes designed for Olympic standards. Massively popular in Japan, by the 1960s they were being worn on champion athletes worldwide. In the 1970s the Onitsuka company changed its name to ASICS, but in recent years they’ve resurrected the classic brand.

Onitsuka Tigers are once again a hit from Bangkok to Boston. These are the classic models re-released. They’re still hard to find in some places, but sneaker freaks in the United States can buy them online here:
Onitsuka Tiger by Asics – Mexico 66 (White/Blue) – Footwear


Converse All Stars

Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars Retro Sneakers
Converse All Stars. Forever young.


All Stars. Chuck Taylors. Cons. Chucks. Call them what you want, these all-American sneakers are vintage kings. They’ve been gracing our feet since the 1920s. That’s right, your great-grandfather probably had a pair of these.

Chuck Taylors have stood the test of time. Part of the secret to their success, is the extreme versatility. Chucks are one of the most diverse product lines of any classic sneaker. Black leather low tops. Navy canvas high tops. The slips. The Ox. The Jack Purcells. Red, white and blue. Plaid. Camo. Bright whites. Shiny metallics. Purple, green, sky blue. Browse the huge collection on Zappos. You can start with the green pair here:
Converse – Chuck Taylor All Star Hi (Green) – Footwear


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