Popular Sneakers of the 70s

Adidas, Nike, Puma and More

Here's the list for the most popular sneaker styles to come out in the late 60s and 70s.

Introduced in the early 1970s, the Adidas Campus was originally a basketball shoe that became a hip-hop phenomenon. Now required footwear for any student of sneakerology, the Campus is a super classic sneaker on the pavement, cardboard and basketball court. Featuring a suede upper for luxurious comfort and good looks, and a rubber sole for traction, Adidas Gazelles are equally as good. Check out the rest of the iconic Adidas kicks.

Originally released in 1972, the Nike Blazers are super casual sneakers that feature a high-cut style for plenty of ankle support and a rubber outsole for supreme traction on city streets and nightclub dance floors. Nike Blazers are probably one of the coolest sneakers around and they're listed in the Top 10 High Tops. Blazers can be worn with just about anything and they come in a collection of various colors and materials!

The Superstar was introduced in 1969 as the first low-top basketball shoe to feature an all-leather upper and the now famous rubber shell toe. It quickly became a favorite of NBA players and BBoys alike and has been in steady production ever since its creation. The Adidas shelltoe is found commonly in Bboy / urban circles as well as all around the world. The Superstar is still the true star of real hip-hop heads.

Originally released in 1973, the Puma Clyde was made famous by its endorsement of Walt Frazier. Timelessly cool, this low-cut sneaker features a soft, suede upper with perforated side and contrast line detail. It's safe to say that many sneaker fanatics first started collecting Puma Suedes and Clydes in various colors before moving on to other brands.

The Samoa took game day to the streets and has become a decades-long fan favorite since its introduction in 1977 as a training shoe. The Samoa’s durability and lasting style meant it wasn’t going anywhere as its popularity grew. Known for its signature suede toe box and distinctive Trefoil tread, the Samoa is available in a wide range of colors and has the versatility to dominate any scene.

In 1975, the Vans #95, known today as the Era, was designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. With a padded collar and different color combinations, the Era became the shoe of choice for a generation of skateboarders due to the non-slip bottom making it easier to grip better. Since the seventies, they have steadily become one of the most prominent sneakers in the world. Vans are becoming more visible than Chuck Taylors, and in some countries, even Nike. The Vans Era or Core Classicis the most popular style on the global streets, followed by their basic slip-ons. No matter what model you dig, Vans sneakers are the most versatile and flexible kicks. Solid black Eras or checkered slip-ons are the most common and there's one to match every personality.

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Adidas Gazelle

Produced in 1968, the Adidas Gazelle’s original purpose remains hidden in mystery and speculation. Its silhouette suggests that it could have begun as an indoor soccer shoe. The streamlined shape, simple styling and flat sole are topped off with the suede upper to create a classic piece of design. It made a real impact on the early hip-hop scene; today it's worn by b-boys and has been adopted by skaters and indie-rockers alike.

Back in 1979, the Adidas Top Ten basketball sneaker made its entry into the Adidas basketball line-up. Tried and tested by ten of the NBA's finest, this shoe is reborn with a clean style and a synthetic leather upper built for comfort. Lighter and less bulky than the Adidas Forum, those who like less to carry around choose the Top Ten over the Forums.