1. So fly
Introduced in 1982 as the first basketball shoe to feature Nike Air technology, the Nike Air Force 1 — here in gray — is a court and street icon, with rare iterations collected by sneakerheads (₱4,795 at Sports Central). nike.com
2. The OG
Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars (or, simply, Chucks) are timeless — in Back to the Future, Marty McFly wore his pair to blend in with teens in 1955. Low-key yet irreverent, they’re spotted on the feet of everyday heroes, from the classroom to the concert stage (₱2,799). converse.com
3. Pretty preppy
Reintroduced from their archives, the Keds Anchor sneaker — here in classic navy — now features modern stitching, extra cushioning and a wide range of colors and prints (₱2,995). keds.com.ph
4. Smooth operator
Celebrating the original Saucony’s most iconic silhouette, the Jazz Originals Vintage running shoe — here in burgundy — has been “time-tested for comfort”, and its retro vibe is beloved by athletes and style-setters alike (₱3,295). saucony.com
5. Skate park
Nothing channels laid-back cool better than Vans Old Skool, the iconic skate shoe — here in Primary Check — which features sturdy canvas and suede uppers, padded collars and signature waffle outsoles. It’s a shoe that’s built for flexibility and repeated wear (₱3,998). vans.com
6. Your turf
An alternative to the ubiquitous Stan Smiths, the classic Adidas Sambas, with nonchalantly cool gum soles (for traction), are indoor soccer shoes that have graduated to become style staples (₱5,300). adidas.com.ph
7. Run, Forrest, Run
Making its debut as Nike’s first track shoe in 1972 and popularized at that year’s Summer Olympics, the Nike Cortez — here in the SE OG model — is credited as a major catalyst for Nike’s success. These runners, in the white, red and blue colorway, were also immortalizd in the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Nostalgic sneakerheads who missed previous releases can now cop a 2017 reissue pair (P4,195); nike.com
All sneakers are available at Sports Central boutiques at select SM Malls or sportscentral.ph.
This article first appeared in the June 2019 issue of Smile magazine.