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The 12 Best Throwback Sneakers to Add to Your Rotation

Get your retro kicks here.

BY Christine Flammia | Jul 10, 2017 | Shoes

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 to wear this summer.

ADIDAS

Gazelle

Adidas's Gazelle sneaker has been around since the '60s—one of the first sneakers to highlight suede as its main fabric. 

USD80, adidas.com

 

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.

USD425, mrporter.com

CONVERSE

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

Can't beat a classic black Chuck.

USD65, nike.com

 

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.

USD80, urbanoutfitters.com

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. 

USD620, mrporter.com

 

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.

USD85, jcrew.com

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.

USD925, mrporter.com

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.

USD180, jcrew.com

NIKE

Cortez Premium

Nike Cortezes are a classic—as is this bold mustard color.

USD85, nike.com

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.

USD620, mrporter.com

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.

USD70, reebok.com

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. 

USD70, tretorn.com
 

Source: Esquire US


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