Retro Sneakers – The History Behind the Classics

We’ve been watching the retro sneaker revival making a comeback for a few seasons now. Brands like New Balance, Adidas and Vans have been revisiting their archive models and bringing them back from the dead, so to speak! Inspired by the latest drop of vintage replicas, we’ve decided to take a step back in time and look at the incredible history of four of our prevalent sneakers!


New Balance 574
New Balance shoes have always been numbered and never named. Arthur Heckler started this long-lasting tradition because he wanted to emphasise the brands modesty rather than idolising it. Introduced in 1988 and exceeding its predecessors, the 574 is the most sought-after model New Balance has ever created. Originally only available in the run-of-the-mill colour ways, the 574 has been enhanced with exciting new materials and colours.


Asics Tiger Gel Lyte III
Originally released in 1990, the iconic Asics Tiger Gel Lyte III has since become a progressive urban must-have for sneaker addicts who are seeking a multi-purpose shoe that delivers style, comfort and durability. The Gel Lyte III features one unique trait not found on many shoes before or after it, a split tongue. This distinct component of the shoe has become its trademark over time, and makes it stand out among the crowd of retro runners to this day.


Adidas Dragon
When people think of old school Adidas sneakers, the Dragon probably doesn’t spring to mind. Less popular than classic Superstars or Gazelles, the running-inspired Adidas Dragon has been on the shoe scene since the 70s. A great option for those who dislike bulky sneakers and prefer slim profile kicks, this lightweight shoe rides flatter than most. Sporty, lightweight, fresh, and versatile, the Adidas Dragon is a great everyday sneaker.


Vans Old Skool
Before the Old Skool had been released, Vans founder Paul Van Doren was looking for a way to help distinguish Vans shoes from other brands like Adidas and Nike, who already had recognisable logos. Van Doren was known as a doodler and it was he who drew up the simple wave-like side stripe and called it the “jazz stripe.” This stripe originally appeared on their first ever leather skate shoe, Style 36 AKA the 1977 Old Skool.

Which pair of retro sneakers will you rock this season? If you like what you see, you can check out the rest of our men’s and women’s sneakers here!

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