The T Star was a multi purpose shoe from the 70′s that featured velour leather uppers, soft protect padding for that annoying ankle rub, an orthopaedic arch support, (at the time) new style shell sole with 4 zone tread design and a quick pull lacing system. They also bring with them images from an era of cars with wood on them, disco, Atari and sleezy guys named Larry. Unfortunately for you size 13 guys they weren’t available anything north of a 12 but finding a pair today will be a full time job so don’t feel bad. Take a trip back above!
In its day it was a solid shoe but retro worthy? Mmmm not quite. While I have no doubt in my mind that in a better colorway this shoe would shine a little brighter it doesn’t mean we need it back on the shelves, especially since so much better stuff has yet to re-release. Still, if you just have to have them your best bet would be eBay, but word of advice; don’t overpay. Fifty bucks should snag you a set (if you can find them). Take a trip back above.
The Asics Extender’s history dates back to the earlier part of the 80′s but this time the shoe featured Gel. While nothing overly flashy the shoes potential for dope colorblocking and exotic materials is large and in charge. The classic Asics font on the tongue just rounds out the shoes potential (remember, its all about the small details). Take a trip back with this clean classic above.
There comes a point in every real shoe heads life where you need to get away from the hype. You see, sometimes having a limited run shoe with a bunch of dudes hounding you to find out exactly where you got them isn’t whats hot in the streets. Which brings us to the Brooks Villanova. Back in the early 90′s this shoe wasn’t on every kids radar and thus a nice looking shoe you could just run in or hang out. Fast forward to 2013 and well you might get stopped wearing these. Sure, kids aren’t camping outside stores for weeks on end for a pair of Brooks but the chances of you running into another person wearing these is slim to none (unless of course you live next to Khalli Vegas) So maybe you’ll want to find something else to wear if you have these (so much for getting away from the hype). Take a trip back above with the Brooks Villanova running shoe.
The Adidas Olympiade is a classic training shoe from the late 70′s very early 80′s. Sold as a premium model, the shoe was advertised as having the highest grade smooth leather available (for a training shoe), a soft form fitting tongue and built in arch support. If you’re looking for an original pair and are wondering about wearability you should be fine. Most old Adidas sneakers are fine to wear with the exception of some flakey/sticky leather on the tongue and you’ll be pleased to know that the arch supports in these older sneakers feels really good on your feet (provided you need an arch support). Take a trip back to a simpler time in sneaker history above!
One has to wonder what exactly Adidas was thinking when they saw Autry’s line of “Jetstreamers”. Maybe it was something a long the lines of “nice try”, “pretty creative”, or my favorite “no these mutha @#$%^! didn’t!” Still, brands rip eachother off all the time and Autry’s variation of the three stripes worked. Take a trip back above!