We wouldn’t have believed it 10 years ago, but the sneaker — and top-shelf streetwear — has become an everyday staple. Still, while we love Nike’s VaporMax, it’s hardly a wardrobe essential. If you’re starting a sneaker stash or clearing out an extensive collection, here’s what you need.
Adidas Stan Smith
With more than 50 million sold worldwide, this hybrid tennis sneaker’s iconic silhouette works with everything from slim denim to athleisure. Often replicated, never duplicated.
NIKE AIR MAX 1
The modern Air Max lineage, and contemporary sneakers period, owe much to the Air Max 1’s visible air cushioning unit, synthetic-leather mix, and immediately recognizable silhouette. The red-and-white colourway is unbeatable.
CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL-STARS
With all due respect to the Vans Sk8-Hi, Converse’s All-Star is the single canvas sneaker you need to own. Joey Ramone, A$AP Rocky, and Wilt Chamberlain would never lead us astray.