It’s no secret that the classic aesthetic is becoming more and more popular in the sneaker market. Designers have rolled out “modern” options in recent years, but classic designs tend to be overwhelming choices. Even on the shopping sites of retailers like Net-a-Porter and Nordstrom, the majority of sneakers on the market are retro inspired. Old is gold, mind?
Brands like New Balance are now leading the way with the ability to mix old and new by partnering with trend-forward brands like Staud and Aimé Leon Dore. The Strong the brand has done well on its own by recreating its classic silhouettes, but their recent collaborations only add to the power. The rest of the athletic shoe market is quickly following suit, with partnerships like Khaite x Adidas coming to fruition. Even if you can’t own the sneakers everyone has, you’ll be pleased with the list below. I’ve done the research to find you the best classic kicks out there—just keep scrolling.