Women’s Wear Daily
04.21.2014
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25 Classic Kicks

FN counts off the sneaker styles that defined the times, made reputations and empowered generations of fans.

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All shoes cover the feet, but some shoes capture the soul — and nothing has grabbed attention or spurred more obsessions than sneakers. Over the 90-plus years that athletic kicks have been on the scene, they have left an indelible mark on pop culture. Years or even decades after a shoe’s release, an iconic style can still set collectors’ hearts racing and keep fans waiting in line for hours. To define the true classics, Footwear News surveyed retailers, bloggers, sneaker-heads, designers and editors to find out which styles changed history, which still send pulses soaring and which hold court on the sneaker scene today. Here are 25 looks that made history.

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