Sneakermin Files: Famous Sneakers In Sports, Movies and Real Life


Hello Sneaker people, big warm thank you’s to you all for coming here! Today we’re having a go at trying to draw together sneakers with movies, TV, sports and popular culture.

There are so many famous sneakers and sneaker wearers in real life, fashion, sports, movies and TV. When you think of famous sneakers, what do you think of? Who, what and where hold memories for you? Focusing on retro sneakers (what else?!) let’s slip on a comfortable old pair and take a stroll together, back a decade or 2. Let’s take a look at famous sneakers of the retro sneaker kind.

Famous Sneakers in Sports

Let’s clear our minds just for a second. Think of a sunny day, a blue blue sky. Look into the sky take in the blue. Blue, clear mind…… now…. think famous sneakers and sports…… Air Jordans and Chuck Taylors – did a picture of either or both of come into your heads? If yes, then snap! I’m in a “Chuck Taylors love” phase at the moment, so it was my black Chucks that I first saw. How about you? What do you see?

So who thought of retro sneakers in sports and thought of Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan?

Did anyone see or think of Converse Weapons?

With my 80s admiration of the LA Lakers and adoration of Magic Johnson, in my mind I can see the purple and yellow of the great Lakers and the Magic’s matching converse weapons. These original white, yellow and purple colorway is on the shopping list!

Chuck Taylor All Stars
…. if Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan is the modern day iconic retro sports sneaker, then is Chuck Taylor and his Chuck Taylor All Stars the most famous, the quintessential, the one icon of the retro sneaker in sports?

Jesse Owens wore Adidas sprinters sneakers to win gold medal upon gold medal at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. I don’t know if he made Adidas famous but definitely a worthy mention of an amazing athlete.

Have the great Shaq, Kobe, Step, King James and others reached that level yet? We think so. If not yet very soon. Side question, do you think the Lakers will get back to the top of the NBA with LeBron? Again, we think so, and I personally hope so! Basketball isn’t the only game in town though! Look out for more on sneakers and sports in the future and please tell us what you think too, we’d love to know!

Famous Sneakers in Movies and TV

Checking what other sneaker websites and bloggers think, here’s a few of their thoughts:

In this article from highsnobiety on the “best movie sneakers“, they mention the movie “The Sandlot” and the PF Flyer sneaker. “Do the Right Thing” featuring the Nike Air Jordan IV sneaker. “The Goonies” and the Nike Sky Force Hi sneaker. :Forrest Gump” and the Nike Air Cortez sneaker – this classic retro sneaker shows up in lots of movies and TV. Here’s a picture of the clean classic Air Cortez.

There will be more articles about this, once you start the flow of memories, there are just too many to talk about in one article.

Sneakermin’s Favorite Famous Sneakers in Movies and TV

In the Sneakermin household, the TV show of the decade is Stranger Things. If you’re born in the 70s or 80s, trapped in the 70s or 80s, or both in my case, this show has massive appeal. References to 80s life, culture, movies, fashion and of course sneakers. The main stars are, like the Goonies, Stand By Me and other classics, a bunch of kids. Quirky funny endearing kids. But the sneakers, the sneakers are all there.

Mike’s Puma’s

Eleven’s Converse All Stars

Lucas’ Saucony

Steve Harrington wears Nike Air Cortez – just like Forrest Gumps in the picture above.

What Else or Who Else?

Which other famous sneakers are come to your mind? There will undoubtedly be many other pairs of famous sneakers to discuss in future Sneakermin Files editions coming soon. Please do share your memories or favorites. I don’t have a lot of memories of sneakers from TV, but maybe that’s just TV in the 70s and 80s for you. Here are a few more though.

How about Ripley in the Alien movie, wearing Reebok Romper Stompers

Or the Onitsuka Tiger, Mexico 66’s worn in Kill Bill by The Bride:

Finishing this with a real life iconic wearer of sneakers. From my childhood I can remember seeing Freedie Mercury strutting around on the stage at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid. Freddie wearing Adidas sneakers is a definitely strong memory.

Wrapping Up Famous Retro Sneakers

Let’s put the wrapper on this one peeps. So… where do we end up then? Actually we’ve barely scratched the surface on this one, we’ve only just begun! Famous retro sneakers and stories and memories of these are endless! And that’s just awesome!

Everyone one of us will have vivid sneaker memories linked to famous people, events, movies, TV, sports and culture. So many great memories are everywhere when you sit and think. I love look out for the sneakers people are wearing when I’m watching movies or TV. Does that mean I’m strange? Anyone else?!

Do you buy sneakers because someone you like, famous, sporting or just a real person, has the same ones and they look cool? If I can get me a pair of yellow and purple Converse weapons, that will be down to Magic Johnson. If I can find a pair of Adidas Oslo retro sneakers (black with yellow stripes), that will be down to some special childhood memories and my dear parents.

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