The last decade was heavily about 90s nostalgia. Retro denimwear, blocky structured jackets, and of course, the immortal khaki cargo pants that never go out of style. But perhaps the biggest area where 90s nostalgia has hit the hardest is footwear. The 2010s have seen sneaker style after sneaker style. Of course, Nike and Adidas are leading the charge as they always do. From reviving the classic Air Jordans to the classic Superstars, sneakers made a comeback in a big way. Everyone from celebrities to influencers to teenagers who have been saving up all year line up outside stores to be the first to grab a new pair of drips. The new decade, however, might prove to be very different in terms of sneakers.
Hardly anyone can deny that the 90s-retro-style sneakers like your Jordans or Superstars are the defining footwear of the last decade. They’ve been on every foot on the street and on the screen. Everybody wanted them, and manufacturers like Nike and Adidas made a killing…a second time. These sneakers were just as popular when they were released for the first time. In fact, many of the same customers are still wearing them, except that they are much older now.
However, as great as 90s sneakers are, in 2021 and beyond, we’re more likely to see a shift towards noughties nostalgia. The 2000s were an exciting time. The world had begun changing rapidly, and fashion was not to be left behind. The return of baggy jeans and dangly belts is a clear indicator that the 00s are upon us once more! Expect to see more footwear from nearly 2 decades ago.
Classic Canvas Sneakers
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right? That’s exactly what applies to certain sneakers that have not changed significantly in decades. There has been no need to change much because the sneakers are perfect as is. Your classic canvas sneakers might be one of them. Preferably high-tops, canvas shoes are a permanent part of the footwear landscape, so don’t be surprised if you see more people sporting these shoes just about everywhere.
Everyday Athletic Footwear
Lifestyles are much faster today than they were a decade ago. There’s so much to do and so much to see in a single day. If you’re the kind of person that routinely walks around, you’ll understand how taxing uncomfortable footwear can be. If only you could wear shoes specifically built for extensive movement. Like your gym sneakers or trainers, maybe? Athletic footwear is a sensible choice for anyone who does a lot of walking. And with less rigid office dress codes, it makes even more sense to hang up those uncomfortable loafers and invest in some stylish athletic sneakers that you can wear anywhere.
Sleek, Modern High-Tops
There is no cooler piece of footwear than a legitimate pair of high-top sneakers. High-tops are the perfect statement piece with just about any casual or semi-formal outfit. The blocky ones from the 80s and 90s look amazing to this day. But modern high-tops aren’t any less pretty. A sleek pair of modern high-top sneakers should be a great addition to your footlocker. Look for modern color palettes, monochromatic, or even pale grey.
Color-blocked footwear is going to make a multi-colored splash in 2021 and the years to follow. Gucci, Cole Haan, and Puma have already dropped several color-blocked sneakers that resonate with younger generations quite well. What better way to make a statement than with a pair of cool color-blocked sneakers that will keep turning heads, no matter where you go.
Sneakers aren’t predominantly the domain of young people. Many dads today were once just like you and enjoyed the comfort and fashion value of a good pair of sneakers. Unfortunately, many don’t feel at ease anymore rocking the same kicks as the younger generation. Embarrassed at overtly trying to be young again, maybe? That’s okay, nobody has to force themselves into roles. Not when 2021 is looking all set for more iconic dad sneakers, like the steel mesh ones from New Balance. These may look like the same shoes your Phys-Ed teacher wore to gym class. But that’s not just because they’re athletic. It’s also because they look and feel great without going over the top. Dads everywhere can rejoice because plenty more are on the way.