As sneaker culture crescendos, the intrinsic value of famous vintage sneaker silhouettes has increased within the culture. Adidas' tennis lines Stan Smith and Rod Laver were considered passe—maybe even dorky—in relatively recent history, but now everyone owns a pair. Many hi-fi sneaker lines, like Common Projects, basically modernize the look these shoes pioneered. These "tennis shoes" have become a staple of every casual wardrobe, to the point of ubiquity.
However, I'm not here to talk about these clean, simple, classic lines. I'm here to talk about the tennis shoes of the late '80s to mid-'90s, shoes that hoped to flip tennis culture on its head a little bit.