Has the shoe world gotten lazy? There’s been an influx of vintage footwear this year, with big name brands delving into their back catalogue and resurfacing classic looks instead of new ones. And we couldn’t be happier about it.
Here are the best releases from the year so far (just to warn you, are all sold out, so try eBay) as well as the ones yet to be released.
Sperry X Jaws
You’re going to need a bigger wardrobe, because there is a load of these waiting to get snapped up (although only 2 pairs seem to be available in the UK at the minute with limited sizes).
To celebrate the 41st anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller, Sperry (a brand featured heavily in the original film) has released a limited amount of nostalgic footwear with iconic scenes from Jaws.
Reebok X PalaceIn a mockumentary video for the release of the collection, Jonah Hill described the collab as: “perfect to wear while having sex with a rare white tiger on your birthday.” To be honest, he’s not wrong. Palace added branded laces and its logo to the retro footwear which come in white, black and blue, as well as suede or leather.
Originally debuted in 1973, these old school basketball trainers are making a big comeback thanks to Puma Clyde Trainers.
The origin of the trainers name comes from Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, a seven-time all-star at the New York Knicks who asked for asked for a wider fitting version to play in.
Vans X MTV
Originally launched in 1984 when the channel played actual music and not trash reality TV, the Vans x MTV Era Pro marks another release in honor of Vans’ 50th Anniversary in line with the brands’ commemorative Pro Classics collection. With the original MTV logo exposed on the foxing, quarter panels and tongue, the retro MTV-branded Vans will feature Vans’ supportive ULTRACUSH HD sockliners for resilient cushioning and advanced comfort, combined with DURACAP reinforced underlays in high abrasion areas for premium durability, making it the perfect shoe for skateboarding.
FilaRemember kicking back in these on non-uniform day? Those were the times. But now you can bring that childhood joy back to your miserable adult life, as Fila is reviving loads of old favourites such as the Original Fitness in cream suede, as well as the Original Tennis in white leather and hi-top Trailblazer in statement red and green.
Reebok X Kendrick Lamar
At last, a hip hop star and designer collab that’s actually wearable (we’re looking at you, Yeezus).
Working with designer Ian Paley, Kendrick Lamar has honed in on the retro leather with a deconstructed design that is highlighted by a seam that runs down the shoe separating the blue and red.
Although these are technically vintage, this design was only ever released in Japan in the 70s, so you'd be forgiven if you've never seen a pair of adidas 350s before. If you already know everything about them and their perforated front, leather upper and vulcanised rubber outsole, then you've probably got a bit of a shoe obsession.