The Defining Running Shoes of the ’80s

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80s lead

With Nike setting the tone by way of using innovative materials and technology in running sneakers the decade prior, in the 1980s, the trend continued as other brands joined. As the running boom of the ’70s only got stronger in the ’80s, footwear brands began pushing the boundaries of innovation to turn running sneakers into fine-tuned machines. The decade left a lasting imprint on the running industry, and paved the way for cutting-edge shoe design. In fact, a lot of the technology we she in running shoes today—like Asics’ Gel cushioning, Nike’s visible air, and adidas Torsion System—were birthed in the ’80s. To follow up the game-changing models of the ’70s, we give you The Defining Running Shoes of the ’80s.


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