’90s Sneakers Now

Reebok Classic Leather Trainers
Ash Jungle Slip On Sneakers
Shoes Like Pottery Canvas High Top Sneakers
Adidas Campus 80s Primeknit Sneakers
The Man Repeller x Superga Satin Classic Sneakers

When Kanye uttered the words “leather jogging pants,” the world started to look at athletic wear a bit differently. No longer was running gear expected to be so…run-of-the-mill. Now it seems the unofficial rule for athletic wear (but mostly sneakers) is this: the harder to procure, the cooler it is. Or at least that was my takeaway from the whole Chanel couture sneakers upset—that little stipulation stating that you can only get your hands on a pair of the Chanel couture sneakers if you buy one of the outfits from the same collection? (By the way, these outfits start around at LEAST $15,000.)

At first I thought this must be some kind of sick joke. Or maybe these sneakers were a reincarnation of my first high school boyfriend and I was getting played. And that’s when it hit me: this was no joke at all; this was no game. This is simply couture. And couture isn’t always kind.

Well luckily for us, these ‘90s-style sneakers currently making a comeback are available in many affordable iterations. Don’t’ believe me? Read on.

1. Reebok Classic Leather Trainers: I’m not sure there’s any other way to explain the white sneakers everyone seems to be walking around in than as the same ones your grandma wore in 1994 to go speed walking. They have the same beefiness as the LA Gears Paula Abdul used to wear, but the class of an old Chanel ad.

2. Shoes Like Pottery Canvas High Top Sneakers: Since they’ve been sold in abundance for the past four decades, I figured I might actually try to be of use to you and direct you to a Chuck Taylor sneaker alternative you may have not seen before. Enter Shoes Like Pottery. Handmade using the Japanese technique “ka-ryu,” unlike your average Chuck Taylors, they're not ready to be worn until they’ve been polished off in a kiln for 70 minutes.

3. Adidas Campus Primeknit Sneakers: Another observation about the ‘90s: There wasn’t much venturing out of the three basic primary colors, was there? A red suede Adidas in ’93 would’ve POPPED. Now? Not so much, but they’re still really cute.

4. Ash Jungle Slip On Sneakers: The slip-on Vans sneaker was pretty much always at home sandwiched between a Cali bro’s foot and a skateboard. Then Phoebe Philo signed on as creative director of Céline and re-told her version. And hers goes a little something like this: keep the general mold of the classic Vans slip-on, except cover them in calf hair, transport them to an obscure Greek island, and throw them on Daria Werbowy. And thus began the birth of the revamped slip-on Vans, like these from Ash.

5. The Man Repeller x Superga Satin Classic Sneakers: Man Repeller’s collaboration with Superga is the perfect upgrade to '90s Keds—they have the same lightness and femininity, plus a little extra support for your feet.

—Rachel Hodin

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  • Gayle

    Those Reeboks were great!

  • mickharper

    hey there! thanks so much for the specs. are you by chance using a tablet/Surface or a desktop computer? we see it running fine in Firefox 31 on Windows 7 -- so any additional device info would be super appreciated for debugging! Thanks reader!

    • A reader

      I'm on a regular HP destop.

  • http://coocooforcoco.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    I'm loving those man repeller supergas in yellow

    • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

      Leandra is just da best

    • Rachel Hodin

      They're really nice in pink too!

  • Paulina Villalpando

    I need to dust off my adidas!

  • octopop

    I'm having trouble seeing pictures too! I can't see any thumbnails for the articles and when I click on them I can see the first picture in the slideshow but not any others after that. I use google chrome by the way. :)

    • mickharper

      Thanks octopop! Are you on Windows 8 as well? Chrome has checked out just fine for us on all macs and Windows 7. LMK! Thanks!

      • octopop

        Yes Windows 8! Thank you!

        • mickharper

          ok! we may have fixed it. Looked like AdBlocker for some people was halting the images. If you still have issues -- shoot me an email over at mick at intothegloss.com

          • octopop

            yes you did it works perfect! forgot all about adblock. thank you sooo much!!! :))))

  • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

    Those reeboks have been really popular in Denmark for the past couple of years. No one ever gives that little nation enough credit for their style influence! And I do believe Normcore as a trend/lifestyle, even, started like 5 or so years ago with girls like Molly Udden and Emma Aars on tumblr and then eventually instagram.

    • Alana

      Agreed - it seems as if every Dane has those shoes! Always ahead of the game. I love the Reeboks but sadly can't seem to find them here in Canada.

  • MoseyM

    I <3 Will Smith's pajamas covered in hamburgers with matching baseball cap so much.

  • Margaret McCarthy

    Hi reader, can you let us know what desktop/browser you're using? We're looking into this!

    • Guest

      Hi, I'm using the latest version of safari on my mac desktop

  • Margaret McCarthy

    Hi MoseyM - that's actually how our slideshows are designed, so that's normal. You should still be able to click between photos :)

    • MoseyM

      Sure-- to be clear, I'm having no problems with the slideshows, it was just a rec for how this commenter can get the sneaker-obscuring bars to go away.

  • mickharper

    Thanks Alana -- I think we may have solved it (got some wires crossed by sending people to an https link instead). Let me know if you have any problems after using this link: http://intothegloss.com/2014/08/new-sneakers-2014/

  • hayley

    i was having trouble too, if you're using adblock try turning it off and see it that helps. it worked for me :)


Reebok Classic Leather Trainers
Shoes Like Pottery
Shoes Like Pottery High Top Sneakers
adidas Originals
adidas Originals Campus 80s Primeknit Sneakers
Ash Jungle Slip On Sneakers
The Man Repeller X Superga Satin Classic