The Converse All Star 2 marked not only the first major upgrade to the classic sneaker in almost 100 years, but so much more. Brands brands have been turning out classics such as the Nike Air Jordan 1, Adidas Superstar and Reebok Question in different colourways and silhouettes for some time now, but rarely using the technologies and fabrics of today. With sneakers becoming the footwear of choice in the fashion world and new brands seemingly popping up every day, it’s about time that the major brands capitalized on their resources to stand out. We present to you five classic shoes that have recently received a contemporary update.
Converse All Star 2
One of the most recognizable and versatile shoes in the world is the original Converse All Star. The All Star got its start as the first mass-produced basketball shoe almost 100 years ago. It gained popularity in the 70’s across a variety of demographics, being worn by personalities such as Kurt Cobain and Bill Russell. Keeping the initial aesthetic intact, the Converse 2 focuses on technical upgrades—a Nike Lunarlon sockliner, foam padded collar and perforated micro suede liner make a noticeable difference for a style that wasn’t known for comfort.
Vans Woven Slip-On
One of the most iconic sneakers of all time, the Vans classic checkerboard print slip-on has been on the feet of everyone from skaters, to rockstars, to students since the 70s. The company’s most recent collaboration with Barneys elevates their classic pattern with white and black bonded leather and suede, giving this American favourite an elegant touch.
Reebok Pump ZFusion
Bringing back the technology that skyrocketed Reebok’s popularity in the late 90s (Dee Brown winning the dunk contest!) is the newest iteration of the Reebok Pump. The ZFusion fuses a lightweight fusion and compression sleeve to provide a custom fit. Fans of the original model who could never find a suitable replacement, this shoe is for you.
Known as the first track shoe created by Nike in 1972, the Cortez has been an integral part of Nike’s core roster since its inception during the 1972 Olympics. The style has long been a staple known for its clean aesthetic and durability. Capitalizing on the cozy boy trend that’s peaked in the last year, these Nike Cortez combine the best of both worlds creating an unforgettable sneaker for 2015.
Adidas Consortium Stan Smith
Named after the former number one tennis player in the world, Adidas Stan Smiths have been having a moment recently. Between designer makeovers by Raf Simons and Pharrell, as well as being able to customize them on Adidas.com, the Stan Smith has been redone more times then you can count. Adidas’ newest version incorporates their Primeknit technology for the body instead of leather. If you’re looking for a sneaker that’s as comfy as it is classic, look no further.
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