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Style / August 2021
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor

Retro Sneakers With a Modern Mood

This season’s shoes pair retro silhouettes with future-forward colors and cutting-edge details.

While fashion is always in flux, the one place style truly stays eternal is your sneaker collection. Classics stand the test of time, and the sneakers you love today are the ones your parents loved yesterday—you just make them look way cooler, of course. Updated with the latest high-tech specs, refined designs and current colors, these sneakers keep one foot in the archives and the other firmly in the future, ushering in a fresh generation of sneaker fans. 
 
Whether ’70s, ’80s or Y2K, whatever your retro flavor, vintage vibes are trending strong. Get in on the action here with this season’s lineup of the new classics everyone needs to own.
 
 

Fierce Shades

Nothing screams fearless ’80s glam like clashing or vibrant color combinations. When added to an iconic sneaker style like the Classic Leather Legacy, you’re getting the best of both worlds. Take the Daniel Moon version of these iconic sneaks, for example. With solar pink riffing off pushy purple and switch blue, they’re a popping ’80s play with a fresh, modern edge. If it’s a more solid statement color you’re after, try Moon’s solar green take on the iconic Club C Legacy with pink edging. Classic yet oh-so contemporary, they’re a delicious modern do-over of a truly timeless sneaker style. 
 
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Modern Minimalist 

While clashing colors are often a hallmark of times past, the more low-key side of previous decades featured box-fresh white styles aplenty. Some call it normcore, while others prefer anti-hype—however you choose to label them, these quietly confident styles don’t rely on aggression to make an impact. Marching firmly into the future thanks to their tasteful neutrality and go-with-anything attitude, few nail this better than the Classic Leather sneakers. Updated for a new generation, these shoes are classics for good reason. Another icon in the making: Maison Margiela’s high-fashion take on the Club C. In modern beige, these subtly playful optical illusion sneakers are effortlessly chic in their own right. Other classics to consider investing in include the inimitable Freestyle Hi high-tops which truly never go out of style, the Classic Nylon sneakers with a little white-on-white action. For even bigger energy, the Resonator Mid Basketball sneakers have what you’re looking for. 
 
 

Archive Moves

Downtime sneakers aren’t the only place to go retro. Running straight out of the archives and into your modern workout kit, there are plenty of performance pairs that have never lost style momentum. Updated with the latest high-impact technology, the AZ II shoes tap into those ’80s running-craze vibes. OG Reebok in classic cobalt, vector navy and white, they’re vintage to the eye and modern at heart. If classic minimalism is more your jam, these Rewind Run Shoes will fast-forward your PB with their go-faster vector stripes—ideal for giving your workout a decent dose of vintage cool, while helping you build stamina. 
 
And, if you’re down for a little ’90s skate-sneaker nostalgia, the Bronze 56K Classic Leather style brings big boarding energy, with a modern, luxe update in classic cobalt and slam orange.
 
 
 

Current Cool

When modern-centric is more your look (with just a nod to retro via the silhouette), there’s no easier way to straddle that line than with a shoe inspired by the ’70s and ’80s but served in a rainbow of on-point colorways: The radiant aqua and kicks pink colors of the Classic Leather Legacy speak to the style bold while stucco and midnight pine offer up a fresh, neutral feel. 
 
And for a truly new take on these collectable classics, try the A$AP Nast Classic Leather Legacy in collaboration with hip-hop artist and model Tariq Devaga. Muted and subtle with a glimmer of purple, this pair strikes the perfect balance. 
 
If you’re craving something a little more directional and sporty but still with vintage vibes, the Resonator Low Basketball shoes are your go-to. Forever fresh with classic vector detailing and big athletic energy, the blue against slam orange makes for a super-modern edge on a time-honored court classic.  
 
 

Chunky Soles

The last few years have seen a major resurgence of chunky sole sneakers in a variety of iterations. The XXL sole was born in the ’80s then exaggerated into platform sole sneakers in the ’90s and early ’00s. That big-outsole energy keeps going with lugged rubber elements for even more momentum in the Reebok Legacy 83 sneaker. This style transcends the eras and makes for a great all-round sporty option, whether for trail running or downtime hangs. And for a lifestyle-centric look that’s neutral yet impactful, the Club C Double Geo offers a nuanced take on the chunky trend.
 
If you’re wondering what to pair this season’s hottest kicks with, try mixing and matching your vintage vibes with future-forward styles for a look that’s uniquely you
 
 

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Style / August 2021
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor
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