For the industry’s leading sneaker brands, re-issuing their beloved classic models with tweaks and updates can be risky business to say the least. Many sneaker purists are known for being reluctant to change, especially when it comes to certain “grail”-worthy styles they remember playing in and wearing during their youth. In order for these re-imagined originals to be accepted, the updates must be done tastefully, with functional changes that make sense and respect the path paved by the OG model. When these elements come together, an updated classic can help to shed light on the history of its inspiration and can even breathe new life into a stagnant brand. This is A Brief History of Classic Sneakers Re-invented as Performance Shoes.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.