Unless you’ve spent the better part of 2014 under a rock, you’ve probably noticed a growing trend amongst sneaker brands. From flashy mid-tops to crispy lows, there’s been a strong interest and demand for retro releases of classic court models. In just the first two months of the year, we’ve seen huge drops like the return of the Nike Air Tech Challenge II and the adidas Stan Smith. Both models flew off the shelves quicker than ever before, and both Nike and adidas have more releases in the pipeline.
Unfortunately, these retro tennis models are just that: retro. As iconic and era-defining as many of these models are, their re-released forms aren’t suited for any serious use on the courts. But don’t write the tennis shoes of yesteryears off just yet. Instead of leaving these classic sneakers in the past, we’re proposing tech updates to bring them into the future. By mixing well-known style cues with more advanced materials and technologies, the potential is endless. These are 10 Classic Tennis Shoes That Deserve Tech Upgrades.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.