This might take some people back to when they were kids. Either you loved these kicks or despised your mother for buying them for you. Missing from our list are Brands that are still redily available today Such as Vans, Puma, Asics, New Balance & Fila. Also the obvious big boys like Nike, Reebok, Adidas & Converse. Here’s our list of our top 10 kicks from the past (in no particular order).
I remember these joints at the time i had no idea that they were a signature shoe for Hakeem Olajuwon. They were sort of popping for the time but i hated Etonics because my mother thought they were stylist also cheap.
2. KangaRoos –
Kangaroos were also a fringe sneaker in terms of official popularity in the 80’s. These sneakers were best known for having pockets on the side of the sneakers.
When these joints were at it’s American peak in the 80’s-90’s they were considered by most to be an Adidas knockoff if not simply for the fact that the sound similar. Diadora is primarily an overseas soccer sneaker now and pretty much absent from the american sneaker market today.
I Graduated from pro 1000’s (Rejects) to Ellesse again in the 80’s these sneakers had a brief period of respectability. But everyone knew that success will be short lived. I remember wearing these to school one day and a bunch of kids laughed at me.
Jox had a weird sort of success because they were out for a long time hovering around reject land and respectability. Since the 70’s to about the late 80’s you could still see a decent amount of people wearing them. I don’t even know if they still exist.
6. L.A Gear-
LA Gear stayed relevant for longer than i expected well into the 90’s especially when they came out with those joints with the lights on the back of them. However not even Michael Jackson could save this brand.
These joints are still pretty current but still they dropped in the 80’s they had mostly hi-top models (also known as Spot- Bilt). Still very affordable sneakers to this day. I’m actually surprised that so many peope still wear these joints & with confidence, more power to them.
8. British Knights-
I used to think they stood for Brooklyn, lol. These kicks had fringe amount of success. Maybe they would have been more popular if Derrick Coleman was more successful in his B-Ball career.
Lottos were real big in the 80’s especially with their track suits. Lottos were hot, it just sounded fly and the sneakers were a lil before it’s time very flashy and sleek at the same time (See image above).
10. Travel Fox-
Travel Fox sneakers were also very big in the 80’s i don’t know why i never understood this trend too colorful and very standard in design at the time but they were in hit with people who like to wear a lot colors in their everyday life. Most of their sneakers were real boot like. I don’t miss these, sorry.
There were a few we left off our list but are worth a m
ention Brooks, Champion, Prokeds & Troop. Sometimes we need to forget about the
past other times we need to flash back for a lil nostalga. Honorable mention to my boy Patrick Ewing and his Sneakers very popular at the time too.Did we miss anything let us Know. #tellmehowilooknow.