The fascinating world of sneakers
Decades ago, sports shoes were exclusively a garment for sports. However, little by little that idea was changing: from being another accessory to move efficiently, they became a shoe that could be worn and, above all, that people wanted. Some famous people had this to blame, for example Michael Jordan, which even launched (and today maintains) its own franchise within Nike to market their line of air basketball shoes.
Sneakers thus became something to show off and show off, which no longer only remained in the realm of those who liked to dress “sporty.” Also other styles, a priori incompatible with these footwear, began to introduce this accessory, so that nowadays it is not at all rare to see people in dress coats or jackets wearing sneakers on their feet – the other way around, it is even common. and common.
We have “blamed” celebrities like Jordan, but the truth is that the world of cinema has also had a lot to do with this whole story: in several films Models have been shown that viewers have then run to buy like crazy, either thanks to special launches from their manufacturers or even at auctions when they have been more special designs. In short, a little world, this one about sneakers, with an incredible story behind it.
The most famous sneakers in cinema
Let’s review some of the most emblematic models that we have seen on the big screen and that today we continue to associate with certain characters or scenes. Some of them have a good number of years behind them and still are still recognized for having been in one movie or another. Of course, whatever it is, Nike takes the Palm. And if you don’t believe it, take a look.
Terminator – Nike Vandal
In the 80s we already had the presence of iconic sneakers that many will surely remember – and if not, right now we will refresh your memory. We refer to the Nike Vandal that Kyle Reese in Terminator (1984) steals from a clothing store while being chased by the police. It was about black sneakers with silver details quite a few features that were all the rage and that of course were recovered years later in Terminator Genisys, where they had her again thanks to the collaboration with Nike.
The Goonies – Nike Air Sky Force Hi
There are several Nike shoes that appear in the mythical movie of The goonies (1985) -in fact no one repeats the model; that’s how the brand was in full 80’s -, but given the choice, we would have to stay with the Nike Air Sky Force Hi that it wore Data for being the most special of all (and the ones that had the most impact and are most recognizable). Obviously the model that was marketed did not open at the back or pour oil to ambush people, but it is still a very iconic design for which people pay a good amount of money at auction houses.
Aliens – Reebok Alien Stomper
Not everything is going to be Nikes in the sneaker universe, of course. In the great tape of Aliens (1986), our brave Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) wears Reeboks specially designed for the movie, a model dubbed the Alien Stomper, which was not sold in stores until a year after the film was released. Still, the model caught on with fans, enough that a special edition was relaunched on the 40th anniversary of the film.
Big – Nike Air Force II
Who doesn’t remember Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) playing the giant piano with his feet in the store FAO Schwarz? Well, right there was Nike also present, of course. And it turns out that the big boy of Big (1988), during the mythical scene, wears Nike Air Force II in white with the swoosh (remember that this is how the Nike icon is called) in blue.
Back to the Future II – Nike Air Mag
And other sneakers that were specially designed for a movie. This time it is the Nike Air Mag that he wears Marty McFly in the mythical and adored Back to the future II (1989). Created by Tinker Hatfield, they wanted to show us what the footwear of the future would be like (in 2015 … Oh!), with some sneakers with LEDS whose laces tied themselves, among other niceties. What are we going to tell you about them that you don’t know at this point. Possibly they are the most famous sneakers in movie history, becoming one of the most desired garments in history.
So much so that Nike and Tinker Hatfield took advantage of the hype to launch a limited edition auction and raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which investigates Parkinson’s. They have been relaunched on a few more occasions, always in a very limited way and with crazy prices. It is what has to be so iconic.
Forrest Gump – Nike Cortez
Again we have Tom Hanks and Nike by the hand to put sneakers through our eyes that are still a trend today. The Nike Cortez in white with red swoosh are the model that the good guy Forrest runs across the country -that marketing exercise- thanks to the gift of his beloved Jenny. Even the orange box, in which Nike shoes usually come, appears on the scene.
Space Jam – Air Jordan XI “Space Jam”
We are already entering basketball territory with nothing less than Jordan himself and of course, that means that the shoes we have to talk about are the Air Jordan XI special edition Space Jam from the movie of that name. They are not the only model that appears on the scene during the film (all Nike Jordan, of course), but they are the most prominent and the most desired by the fans of the film (and fans of Michael Jordan). At StockX you can currently find them at a “good” price.
Kill Bill: Volume 1 – Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi LE
We changed brands (thanks) to look at the particular Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi LE. After this peculiar name (Onitsuka Tiger is one of the oldest shoe companies in Japan) hide, as Highsnobiety points out, the striking yellow shoes that The Bride (Uma Thurman) wears at a time of the great Kill bill (2003), directed by the talented Quentin Tarantino. They are not the only Onitsuka that appear in the film, but they are probably the ones we all have in mind when we think of the most characteristic outfit of the protagonist.
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