Don't Call It a Comeback! These Style Stars Are Kickin' It Old School With Retro Sneaks
Ever since the "athleisure" trend hit the ground running, stars have been championing the cause and exercising their right for comfortable footwear, trading in their teetering sky-high heels for mobile-friendly counterparts. But for every new spangled kick to emerge on the market comes a nostalgia for retro sneaks with origins that can be traced back to simpler times (some even date as far back as 1916). Spotted on the feet of fashion tastemakers and influencers from the front row of fashion shows to red carpet events, these throwbacks prove that they can stand the test of time. From slip-ons to high-tops, shop the six kicks that have style stars kickin' it old school (below). And don't call it a comeback—these classics really never went out of style.
1. Phoebe Philo, Celine Creative Director, in Stan Smiths
Philo's bow at her spring/summer 2015 show during Paris Fashion Week marked a great fashion moment in sneaker history. She chose to step into a pair of classic Stan Smiths ($75 at adidas.com) for the occasion. Recognized for its tennis green accents and perforated detailing (in lieu of the trademark Adidas stripes), the Adidas tennis shoe was created in 1971 to endorse American tennis champion Stan Smith.
"It"-Brit Chung took her front row seat at the Calvin Klein fall/winter 2014 show earlier this year in a navy suit that she unexpectedly paired with New Balance 420s ($70; newbalance.com). Born in 1982, the 420 is an all-purpose sneaker that boasts a classic silhouette made of vintage suede and mesh. Wear them with a tee and skinnies—or a suit.
3. Taylor Swift in Keds
The pop singer-songwriter may have her own Keds collection that features a fun crop of playful prints and bright hues, but there's something to be said about the familiar. She reverted back to the classics on an errand run earlier this year in a pair of white Keds "Champions" originals ($45; keds.com) that have been around since 1916.
Vans No. 98, also known as the Classic Slip-On ($47; vans.com), was first introduced in 1976—its famous black-and-white check print in the '80s—and has been a skateboarder's staple ever since. Well, until recently. Street style stars are among those who have gained a newfound appreciation for the canvas slip-on. King, for one, eschewed traditional skater garb and coupled hers with a high-neck LWD and a moto style leather jacket. Radical!
It's no secret that Woodley's style skews more tomboyish than girly, so it makes sense that the star aimed for comfort during a The Fault In Her Stars event earlier this year. Her shoe of choice? Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high-tops ($55; converse.com), which used to be the official shoe of the NBA (the black-and-white model came out in 1949, to be exact). Step into them for everyday wear, red carpet events, or basketball games.
6. Rihanna in Air Jordan 1
1985 was the year Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year—and the year Nike's Air Jordan 1s were released. Since its re-release (multiple times over), the Air Jordan 1 ($165; nike.com) has remained one of the most coveted kicks in sneaker history. And basketball fanatic Rihanna is an Air Jordan 1 enthusiast—from her courtside seat to the streets, she's been snapped sporting them in multiple colorways.