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These '90s-Era Sneakers Are Officially Cool Again

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September 5, 2018

The ‘90s were unequivocally great—that’s why they’re back. And so are the shoe trends that made it such an incredible time period. The ‘90s were so versatile. You could wear a big, clunky shoe one day while wearing a smooth and sleek one the next, complete with a trippy color scheme. Growing up as a ‘90s kid, you couldn’t always fully experience it the way you wanted. But now they’re back in style, so we’re here to help you go full-force this time around.

 

Here are the best ‘90s sneakers to wear in 2018.

air monarch
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Air Monarch

If you told me two years ago that the Air Monarchs—the most dad of dad shoes—would ever be considered cool or fashionable, I would’ve laughed you out of the room. And yet here we are. After you finish cutting the grass in these you could probably do a quick Instagram photoshoot and get a solid amount of likes. Time is weird.

 

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fila disrupter
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FILA Disruptor

The Disruptor was dormant for what feels like decades but made a comeback, along with the rest of FILA, in 2018. There isn’t a beach you can go to without seeing these paired up with some long socks and clean khaki shorts. And, honestly? It’s a clean look.

 

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new balance 990
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New Balance 990

The 990’s give off the same chunky dad-vibes as the Monarch, yet they’ve always been considered a fairly cool shoe. You can rock them casually on a trip to the grocery store or wear them to the club. They come cheap, they’re ugly, but they’re so good.

 

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new balance 992
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New Balance 992

Being that I’m from D.C., I’m obligated to include these shoes on the list. Folks in the district have been wearing this shoe since the beginning of time and they’ll wear them until the end of it. And it’s not just a D.C. thing—you can find folks rocking these as far up as Baltimore all the way down to Atlanta. We set trends out here.

 

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new balance 574
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New Balance 574

The 574 might be the most simple pair of New Balance shoes to date. It doesn’t have the same chunkiness the 990 series does and it has just a bit more flair than the 992’s. They’re smooth and sleek — you can be active in them without feeling goofy. These are definitely a favorite of mine.

 

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asics gel
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Asics Gel-Lyte III Sneakers

The Gel-Lyte’s have been in style for my entire life—literally. The shoe was released in 1991 and has been a staple in fashion ever since. It’s classic, smooth look has been redone over and over with collaborations from the folks in big fashion to hip-hop artists interested in style. Get you a pair.

 

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Air Jordan 3s
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Literally Any ‘90s Jordans

I won’t name a specific Jordan here because every single drop the brand had from 1990 to 2000 was pretty much a hit. From Jordan’s first championship in 1990 over the Lakers while wearing the VI, to his final shot over Byron Russell in the XIV’s, to the XV dropping in 2000, the man has hits.

 

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nike humara
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Nike Air Humara

The Humara goes all the way back to 1997 as one of Nike’s best trail runner models. It fits right into the 2018 aesthetic of chunky, bulky and colorful. And yet this shoe makes for a surprisingly good look with the right outfit. Nike resurrected this shoe in 2017 and it’s been a hit ever since.

 

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converse one star
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Converse One Star

The One Star isn’t the same classic as the OG Chuck Taylor, but it’s just as versatile. They’re fashionable, active and colorful. Tyler, The Creator’s latest collaboration with the One Star give them even more life in this decade. They aren’t going away anytime soon.

 

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reebok classic
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Reebok Classic

Your math teacher probably wore the Reebok Classic with some rough denim jeans and a fanny pack back when she was teaching you how to count in the second grade. Now that I’m thinking about it, that’s a pretty clutch outfit today. Your math teacher wasn’t cool then, but she would be now—just like the Classic.

 

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air max 97
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Air Max 97

This shoe has been retro’d too many times to count in 2018. From the 97/1 Sean Wotherspoon collab to the Gundam model being considered one of the best releases this year, this is easily one of the best shoes you can wear today. If only you caught on a little sooner—it wasn’t even on the radar four years ago.

 

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Air Max 93s
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Air Max 93

If the Air Max 97 is a bit out of your price range, go with the Max 93. It’s a classic that has a plain and simple look, but comes in some pretty cool colorways that call back to the ‘90s. Not for nothing but it’s comfortable too.

 

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air skylon
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Nike Air Skylon II

This shoe looks like one of those paper SOLO cups you’d get from a fish fry joint in the ‘90s and that’s so perfect. It’s a cheap cop, but the look is so clean and it comes in a few different colorways already. Let’s hope Nike builds on this one for a while.

 

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