Nike Hi-Top Sneakers
Although Nike is now a massive brand that’s made its mark on every major sport, it started in the 1960s making shoes strictly for runners. It wasn’t until 1973 that Nike would make a high-top basketball shoe: the Nike Blazer. Worn by NBA legend, George “The Iceman” Gervin, the Blazer introduced Nike into the basketball market it would ultimately come to dominate. 1982 saw the introduction of the Nike Air Force 1 High, which significantly increased Nike’s popularity. Along with what would evolve into Jordan Brand, Nike spent the ’90s dominating sports with high top sneakers for every sport. Tennis had the Air Tech Challenge 2, Football had the Air Trainer SC and Baseball had the Air Griffey.
Today, designer collaborations are even more popular than athlete signature sneakers, and just like the athletes, fashion designers have embraced the functionality of high top sneakers. The Comme des Garçons Air Mowabb and the Ambush Air Max 180 are proof that despite the versatility of low sneakers, high tops will always have a place in our closets.