Fashion is all about innovation—but we’ve also never met a pair of retro sneakers we didn’t like. Somewhere along the lines of their sportswear-to-streetwear crossover (cue Farrah Fawcett’s ’70s-era Nike Cortez moment), trainers won the hearts of the entire fashion collective, including ours.
Today, old-school lace-ups remain the overwhelming favorite. That’s not to say that designers haven’t released contemporary iterations over the years; rather, that the ones to survive have much in common with the originals. Be it a gum sole (brown rubber and all) or a nostalgic palette (moss green, we’re looking at you), today’s It-shoes remind us of the past.
Amidst this new wave of retro kicks, you’ll find modern takes on nostalgic sneaker trends from brands like Re/Done, as well as collabs between emerging and established labels. If you’re reading this, you might be one of the lucky few to snag Staud x New Balance’s all-new 574s. If not, don’t sweat it. There are plenty more retro pairs to claim, several of which are below.