Dozens and dozens of new sneakers are released each year, but only a handful reach the OG status. These are 10 of those sneakers.
Many may not believe it, but sneakers are actually a lot more complicated than they seem. New models and colorways are released weekly—sometimes, even daily—and there are just one too many options at times.
Sometimes, it can make you even think twice about buying a pair because what if a new one with a better color scheme comes out tomorrow or next week? On the other hand, what if you don’t buy the one you’re holding now and it sells out faster than you can blink? It can be a really huge dilemma for sneaker lovers—who are also known as sneakerheads.
10 OG Sneakers That Every Sneaker Lover Should Have
Despite the countless models and colorways that are regularly released, however, only a handful of them reach OG status. These models are considered the OG sneaker classics. These are the ones that are just so good, so popular, and considered as must-buys.
Wondering what they are? Here are 10 OG sneakers that every sneakerhead should have:
10. Adidas Stan Smith
First on this rundown is a tennis shoe that Adidas released back in 1965: the Adidas Stan Smith. These OG sneakers—which have been named after an American tennis player—actually got their name from French tennis player Robert Haillet.
Contrary to other Adidas sneakers, the Stan Smiths do not have Adidas’ signature three stripes on them. Instead, they have three rows of punched holes on both sides of the shoe. These days, the Adidas Stan Smith is commonly worn as lifestyle shoes.
9. Adidas Superstar
Believe it or not, the Adidas Superstar actually started out as basketball shoes that were frequently worn by NBA stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. These days, however, the Superstars are more commonly worn as casual shoes—just like the Stan Smiths.
One distinct feature of the Adidas Superstar is its toe cap, which earned it nicknames such as the “clamtoe” and “shelltoe.”
8. Air Jordan 1
Both fans and non-fans of Michael Jordan who are into sneakers know that the basketball legend has his own sneaker brand called the Air Jordan. Ever since the Air Jordans were publicly released in 1985, there have been 36 models that have been released. None of them, however, are as iconic as the very first model.
The Air Jordan 1 was the first model ever produced for Michael Jordan while he was still playing for the Chicago Bulls. Today, countless colorways have been produced for the Air Jordan 1, but it can be rather painful for the wallet to try and score the popular variants. Moreover, the resale value of the Air Jordan 1 Fragment, for example, is at more than $4,000. That’s around PHP200,000!
7. Chuck Taylor All-Stars
If we tell you that the Chuck Taylor All-Stars—also known as the Converse All Stars—was developed for basketball, would you believe us? Well, yes. The Chuck Taylor All-Stars started off as basketball shoes.
If you ever wondered who Chuck Taylor is, he was actually a salesman who worked for Converse. He provided suggestions for the design of the All-Stars and relentlessly promoted them. Additionally, he was a semi-professional basketball player.
6. Nike Air Force 1
As many sneaker fans have probably already figured out, the Nike Air Force 1 has been named after the Air Force One plane, which the President of the United States rides. Likewise, Air Force 2, Air Force 3, and even an Air Force 5 exist, but none of these models reached the iconic status of the original pair.
These OG sneakers were first produced in 1982 and were discontinued two years later. Eventually, they were re-released in 1986. The Nike Air Force 1s now has more than 1,000 colorways.
5. Nike Cortez
Another Nike OG sneaker that has made it to the list is the brand’s first-ever track shoe. The Nike Cortez was first released in 1972 during that year’s Summer Olympics. What’s more, these sneakers were actually first designed by Bill Bowerman, a track coach, and Nike’s co-founder.
Initially called Mexico, since the Olympic games were being held in the country that year, Nike wanted to call it the Aztec. But Adidas threatened to sue the company because the latter had a track shoe called Azteca Gold. Eventually, Nike named their track shoe after Hernan Cortes, a conquistador who contributed to the fall of the Aztec Empire.
4. Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66
Onitsuka Tiger is yet another brand whose history is rooted in the creation and production of basketball shoes. By 1953, however, Onitsuka Tiger was transitioning into running shoes, which were even worn by runner Abebe Bikila. In fact, Abebe Bikila hasn’t worn shoes during races prior to it.
Throughout the years, Onitsuka Tiger has had many lines of sneakers, but the most OG of them all has to be the Mexico 66. The Mexico 66 sneakers, after all, are the ones that feature the stripes that people now see as Onitsuka Tiger’s signature design.
3. Puma Clyde
New York Knicks fans will definitely know just who Walt Frazier is. A former player for the team, Walt Frazier is now a color commentator for his former team’s games. Likewise, Walt Frazier is also known for making the Puma Clyde popular.
The Puma Clyde, like many OG sneakers in this list, started off as basketball shoes. Through the years, however, the model appealed more and more to those who are into the hip hop and skater punk cultures.
2. Reebok Classic Leather
The Reebok Classic Leather was first launched in 1983 as a running shoe and has since evolved to what is now known as the Reebok Classic.
The Reebok Classic Leather was aimed at both men and women who were style-conscious. It made use of garment leather after the success of another Reebok model, the Freestyle. The model even had the tagline “You’ve arrived,” which became a hit among sneaker wearers looking for kicks with a more lifestyle appeal.
1. Vans Old Skool
Before the Old Skool became known by the name it is called today, it was actually known as the Vans #36. Released in 1997, the Vans Old Skool debuted with the classic Vans Sidestripe, which was once referred to as the “jazz stripe.” It was actually literally just a doodle of the brand’s founder, Paul Van Doren.
It’s the brand’s first skate shoes that incorporated side panels into its design. In fact, the Vans Old Skool has become so iconic that in 1996, Vans collaborated with Supreme for a special pair of Old Skools.
Now that you’ve seen all 10 pairs on our list, how many of these OG sneakers do you have? And how many are you planning to buy?
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