Hip-hop heads and sneakerheads have always been quite connected with each other. After all, each community often surrounds itself with hype oozing with style. And over the years, several iconic sneakers have graced hip-hop. Check them out here!
1. Air Jordan IV
If you’ve seen the film Do The Right Thing, you probably saw this godly shoe get stepped on by some hipster. It was quite weird for Buggin’ Out to let that kid get away with it, but it was also a sign of how New York City would soon be dominated by people who clearly did not care about the hip-hop and sneaker community.
2. OG Gucci Sneakers
If you were a street hustler, your favorite sneaker must have been the original Gucci trainer. Likewise, this shoe was best worn with a Gucci sweatsuit to emphasize just how dominant you were. When this arrived, it was worth $150, which was worth more in 1986 than what that amount is today.
3. Timberland 10061
Don’t get offended by the inclusion of this beauty in the list of best sneakers of all time. For one, many people wore this during the times when they needed the utmost protection from all kinds of weather. After all, it was expensive to always wear those supposedly ‘athletic’ sneakers all the time. People from the hood knew of this shoes’ importance.
4. Air Jordan III
So many sneakerheads from the hip-hop community declare this as the best sneaker ever. After all, this is the shoe with the ad campaign that introduced Mars Blackmon to the world. This was meant to be adored by the hip-hop crowd.
5. Puma ‘Clydes’
This is genuinely the very first suede sneaker to ever really make the hip-hop community go crazy. In fact, you’ve probably heard of a guy having his Puma sneaker get stolen right from his feet because of this shoe’s popularity. You really had to have confidence if you wore this one untied.
6. Adidas Superstar
The Adidas Superstar, also known as the Shell Toe, was made even more popular by Run-DMC. If you were a breakdancer or a B-boy, you were probably wearing this sneaker. Even today, it’s still a top choice because of its strong, rubberized toecap.
7. Nike Air Force 1
The Nike Air Force 1 received a lot of attention when Nelly made a tribute to this classic sneaker. Its design emphasizes cleanliness and a smooth finish that can’t be matched by most sneakers. Even when they became a bit dated in the 1990s, rapper still got these kicks because it reminded them of being kids who enjoyed being on the streets.
8. Fila Original Tennis Shoes
Sheepshead Bay gangsters picked Fila as their official mafia tracksuit brand. If you seriously wanted the hip-hop community to acknowledge you, you also had to be wearing their tennis shoe. It might sound odd, but the Fila cream sneakers seriously meant a lot for these people.
9. Reebok 5411S
This fun-loving and colorful sneaker from Reebok was the top choice of the ladies back then. One would typically wear the Reebok 5411S, black leggings, and a lipstick that’s colored like her kicks.
10. Prada ‘America’s Cup’ Sneakers
Once the OG Gucci sneakers lost some steam, the hip-hop community with a taste for the expensive kicks went for for Prada. It’s not only fancy, but its style also evokes a sense of showiness that the hood wants.