Classic Sneakers That Every Sneakerhead Needs In Their Closet (Part 2)
Last week, we started a list of some essential sneakers to own if you want to consider yourself a genuine Sneakerhead. Nike Air Max 1s, Converse All Star Chuck Taylors, and Nike Air Jordan 1s are all designs that made the list, and although there are thousands of sneaker designs and styles out there to choose from, there are only a select few that can be considered “classics.” Here are more sneakers that we think are staple pieces in any Sneakerhead’s collection.
The first version of this shoe was made with white leather and a green Adidas “moustache” tab,designed specifically for the number one tennis player in the world at the time, Robert Haillet, in 1963. It was rebranded in 1971 as the “Stan Smith” and would soon become one of the most recognizable silhouettes in shoe history. This shoe was also in the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records for selling 22 million pairs worldwide. By 2016, more than 50 million pairs of Stan Smith’s would be sold worldwide. This sneaker is still available in many stores today at an affordable price and have been spotted on multiple celebrities’ feet including A$AP Rocky and David Beckham. Stan Smith’s brought the spotlight to tennis footwear and will continue to be one of the easiest shoes to style for Sneakerheads.
PUMA Suedes were originally released in 1968 and have a comfortably stylish design in many color varieties. When the Clyde design was created after Walt “Clyde” Frazier, it became the first shoe ever to be named after a basketball player and was rumored to have sold 2 million pairs in its first year. The PUMA Suede also contains cultural importance as an essential part of early hip-hop and fashion. Olympian Tommie Smith wore a pair of Suedes on the podium at the 1968 Olympics after winning the gold medal in the 200-meter race. The PUMA Suedes are an iconic sportswear sneaker and belong in any sneaker collection.
Coming out as the second model ever to include the famous sidestripe logo, Vans created the Sk8-Hi in 1978. This signature skateboarder sneaker brought a new aesthetic to skate parks everywhere. Today, many skateboarders, BMXers, and Sneakerheads still prefer the Sk8-Hi.
This shoe was also the first high top skate shoe, opening many doors for the sneaker industry. Its simplicity and affordability earns the Sk8-Hi its place on the classic Sneakerhead list for 50 years later and counting!
If you consider yourself a true Sneakerhead, you need these styles and other classics in your collection. Although every collection is different, these shoes have made waves in the sneaker world for a reason and for that reason they deserve recognition.
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