Retro Style Kicks Are Making A Comeback

From canvas high-tops to suede lows, some of the coolest modern sneakers take inspiration from their classic counterparts.

Azeez Jacobs |

Thanks to the “athleisure” trend and 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 in modern times.

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Adidas – Gazelle super shoe R1 599


Simplicity is key to this still-fresh sneaker, first launched in 1968 these throwbacks have been updated for modern days but kept with their style identity.

Reebok – classic leather boxing R1 699

Originally introduced in the 1980s, the Classic Leather was the standard for fitness. Today, it is a casual closet staple with equal parts casual and cool. This design pays tribute to the original with a boxing glove-inspired, broken-in upper.

Converse – Chuck Taylor R1099

You can’t go wrong with a classic like Chucks. These old-timers have kept with the design and upgraded with progressive comfort making them an easy pairing with anything from denims to joggers.

Onitsuka Tigers – Mexican Delegation R1 700, Asics

Worn during the 1968 Olympic Parade of Nations. The original structure of the shoe, as well as its method of production, has been maintained as much as possible. These are ideal for your sports-luxe look.

Nike – Cortez R999

Rocking the track since 1972 The Nike Classic Cortez kept the retro look with a classic low profile for a comfortable fit and clean, minimalist look.

Puma – Clyde Premium Core Pack R1 399, Shelflife


We saw the original basketball shoe on the comeback. Reworked with a suede upper and vibrant colour options, these are anything but dated.

Vans – SK8-Hi reissue Freshness R1 119,


One of Vans most distinctive designs, the Sk8-Hi originally dominated the skate and surf scene half a century ago. Nowadays these icons have gained popularity as a streetwear favourite.

New  Balance – ML574NEB R1 499,


Serving up a serious dose of retro style, these sneakers were originally designed in 1988. Put them on with your preppiest threads and you’re guaranteed a winning look.

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