If you’re parents were like many of the late 80′s early 90′s then there was no way they were paying 125+ for a pair of inflatable basketball shoes. Nope, your best bet at the “Pump experience” was whatever you could find at your local Fayva and what you were more than likely going to find was this shoe, the L.A. Gear Regulator Pump. The Regulator Pump didn’t try to differentiate itself from Reebok much the way Nike did. Nope, L.A. Gear said #$%^ it, we are putting the pump right on the tongue. They didn’t have the clever basketball pump Reebok did but it was still nice to look at and still fun to pump up. Instead of an ERS (Energy Return System) found on many of the earlier pump shoes from Reebok, L.A. Gear had an “Air System”. Also, the release valve slid sideways on the Regulator and felt a little more flimsy in comparison to the Pumps release that was just a button you pressed (same with Nike). While at the time this shoe wasn’t the most desirable it still holds a special place in sneaker history. Take a trip back to the very early 90′s with the L.A. Gear Regulator Pump low!
Last year was the first time in a long while that we saw the Converse Pro Leather OX black/white available for sale. For a lot of individuals it was eh, whatever but to the individuals that grew up on these sneakers and no longer had access to them it was a time to rejoice. The 1994 release of this timeless classic wasn’t as true to the original as the more recent retro but it was definitely more comfortable and at the end of the day if a shoe isn’t as comfortable as it is stylish its just not worth the buy.
Luckily, the 2012 release while not perfect was good enough but we’ll always reminisce of the 94 release and everything that was going on during that year (the music, the video’s, TV, video games, fashion etc.). Check out the 1994 release above and then yours truly with them Christmas of 1994 in the pic below!
Reebok has a lot of underrated running shoes in their vault and this is one of them. While nothing to flashy, the right colors and materials could really bring this early 90′s running shoe to life. Mesh and leather uppers combine for a lightweight shoe with plenty in the comfort department. If you find a pair today expect to pay no more than 50 bucks but be cautious when wearing as this shoe could fall apart on you. Take a trip back to 1993 above!
Not bad not great but certainly not cheap. This German company continues to pump out high quality running shoes today and for about 200 Euro’s (or 267.00 USD) you can own a pair of Lunge running shoes. Like this 1993 release styling is nothing to write home about but quality is this companies angle. If your interested in learning more about the brand head on over to Lunge.com
Say what you want Nike Fan boys, Karhu was touting air cushioned shoes before your beloved Swoosh (yea we know, Nike took it waaaaaaaaaay further). While nothing super flashy the Avalon was a clean looking shoe that had a lot of potential and was as good in the gym as it was for competition. If you’re on the look out for a pair today you’ll be happy to know you should be able to snag a pair on the cheap but good look trying to track down a set. Take a trip back to 1993 above!
Released in 1998 this was a very interesting shoe from Airwalk. Aside from the fact that the shoe looked dope it also could have passed for well….an Adidas shoe. Features included: a Nylon midsole shank, an SPD compatible outsole to fit all SPD compatible pedals, waterproof suede/Propex upper, a padded collar and tongue, removable forefoot cleats for off bike climbing, 3M reflective strips, Turtlex lining and a soft rubber outsole. Finding a set of these today will be tough. They don’t show up very often (to be honest I’ve never seen them show up on eBay at all) but if you do find them you should be able to snag them for a good price (probably around 35-75.00) Take a trip back to 1998 above!
Dieter would be proud of this shoe. If you lived an active lifestyle in the late 90′s and wanted some dope footwear that didn’t carry a Swoosh or three stripes then chances are Airwalk was on your radar. More specifically, if you were into mountain biking there were a few options you had with Airwalk, one being the Sprocket. This shoe designed for mountain biking featured 3M reflective stripes for those night time trips, suede Propex combo upper for durability and breathability, a removable EVA insole with arch support, SPD (Shimano Pedaling Dynamics) compatible outsole to fit SPD compatible pedals, a heel retention strap for extra heel hold and if you went with the Sprocket Plus model,