You gotta give Kanye one thing, the guy can set trends. Before the Adidas Yeezy 350s, you'd barely see anyone wearing retro runners. I mean you did have the Asics & New Balance lovers and they held the fort down strong - no disrespect to them. But even with that, runners were just not mainstream. They weren't the hype. 90's and the 2000s were all about the basketball shoe. Starting from the Air Force 1, to Air Jordans, all of them, basketball shoes. Nike dominated the sneaker game with serious heat coming in the form of basketball sneakers.
All that changed in 2015 when Kanye went over to Adidas and launched the 350 boosts. The sneaker world flipped. And Adidas beautifully exploited the opportunity with pushing out so many runners (not retros) including the much loved Ultra Boosts.
All this ignited my interest in the retro runners. I never liked them before. The style did not work for me. When I finally gave it a shot, all credit goes to New Balance for just pushing such beautiful options. Even if you're not a fan of the shape and style you can't help but covet the sheer options that exist. This is the one that peaked my interest - Sneaker Freaker x New Balance 997: Tassie Tiger.
I started with the Adidas ZX Flux Adv X in the black colorway.
They are beautiful. There's a post I've written about them so you can read more if you like.
Next up, came a pair I actually bought for running. Loved them so much that I did not end up running in them. They're the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi Trail, Moon Phase. They are super comfy, beautiful and in trend. The upper is about 70% reflective 3m so be prepared for a lot of turning heads and curious glances.
Finally, I got the New Balance 410's - these define retro for me. I absolutely adore them. Navy & Maroon make a beautiful colorway and they go with almost everything in my wardrobe.
This trend is real folks. Proof? Adidas Iniki Runner. The joints dropping on March 1 are proof enough that retro runners are making a BIG comeback. Just look at them! it's the 70's all over again. But don't get fooled with all the retro nostalgia. These sneakers sport the much loved Boost tech so while you groove to some cool retro hits, your feet are enjoying the boost tech.