The Internationalist is in a lot of ways the quintessential early 80’s runner from Nike. It has a classic two-toned color block, suede and nylon construction, and a chunky midsole with waffle rubber outsole. They get bonus points for being rocked by Anthony Michael Hall in the classic 80’s film <em>The Breakfast Club</em>.All three models of the “V Series” go hand-in-hand, so I’m cheating and putting all three in the list together. The Vengeance, Vortex and Vector (left to right in this image) can be thought of as transitional models from the early 80’s suede and nylon designs by Nike to the more techy, lightweight and stylish models of the late 80’s.The most classic and popular 80’s runner from Reebok is the GL 6000. Thanks to its recent resurgence in the retro market, the shoe is being enjoyed by a whole new generation—although as a casual sneaker, not as the high performance runner it was back in 1986.<p>The revolutionary Air Max designed by Tinker Hatfield changed running footwear forever thanks to its large Air window, which prompted other sneaker brands to make their own technologies visible, setting the tone for 1990’s sneaker design. Visible tech or not, the Air Max 1 is one of the most popular sneaker silhouettes ever, re-released in almost <a href="https://www.liveabout.com/best-colorways-of-the-nike-air-max-1-3019282" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">countless new colorways</a> and iterations each year.</p><a href="https://www.liveabout.com/a-guide-to-the-10-best-new-balance-retro-sneakers-3019624" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">New Balance</a> has a few great 80’s models to choose from, but I had to go with the clean and streamlined 996. Featuring the classic New Balance suede construction, the 996 is one of the most popular retro runners from the brand today. As a bonus, they’re still <a href="https://www.liveabout.com/a-guide-to-the-10-best-new-balance-retro-sneakers-3019624" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="2">made in the USA</a> with the same quality as an original pair.They may not be for everybody, but there’s no denying this funky and daring design from Nike with its duckbill-like toe and neon colors is one of the coolest runners from the 80’s. Or at least most interesting.Short for ‘stability’, the Air Stab combined awesome style with stable performance for over-pronators. Historically not very concerned with their looks, the Stab is one of the rare sought-after designs of the often clunky stability models from Nike or any other brand.<br/>We close with the adidas ZX 8000, which combined high performance with awesome and unforgettable style. A plastic heel counter and Torsion support bar in the midfoot supplied the technology, while vibrant colorways like the “Aqua” version you see here made the ZX 8000 one of the most iconic runners in all of adidas’ catalog.