The Defining Running Shoes of the 70s

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Up until the 1970’s, running shoes were nothing more than laces and thin fabric. But as the sport gained sudden popularity in the years following, established brands and newcomers alike met the demand for more performance-enabled running shoes head on.

Though, interestingly enough, while the running market was already dominated by the likes of adidas and Onitsuka Tiger, it was newcomer Nike who led the charge in using innovative materials and designs to kick-start the evolution of modern-day running sneakers. In fact, looking back at running sneakers of the ‘70s, it’s no surprise that the more memorable models are branded with the Swoosh. Join us as we flip through the sneaker archives. These are The Defining Running Shoes of the ‘70s.

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  • Mike Ruhl

    I’m really surprised to see the Brooks Walker in this list, and not the shoe that he wore for most of his early career: the Adidas Marathon Trainer.

  • Mike Ruhl

    I’m really surprised to see the Brooks Walker in this list, and not the shoe that he wore for most of his early career: the Adidas Marathon Trainer.

  • Martin Ward

    Bought the LDV in 1979/1980 – still got them in the vaults – but they were not considered as Racing flats – maybe there was a lighter version, but certainly not these yellow ones.

  • nashvillechick

    I love seeing the shoes I ran in 40 years ago. They sure have changed! But thanks to consistent running, my jeans size has stayed the same :-)