Top 5 Culture Defining Sneakers

From skate culture, rap, and basketball we list the 5 most influential sneakers that propelled their respected niches to the mainstream. We focused heavily on impact and sustainability to craft our list and also used price and resell-ability as sub-categories in making the placements on the list. Please comment below and rate this article to let us know if this list is truly GodHype.

5. Nike Mag (2011)

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Nike MAG Back to the Future (2011)
Marty Gets Power Laces

This Sneaker comes in the 5th spot of our top 5 culture-defining sneakers marrying the two genres of streetwear and movies to bring to life what Back to the Future 2 envisioned in 1989. This tech-forward sneaker concept has inspired and lead to a new wave of sneaker and tech functionality. Wear-ability takes a hit in this sneaker bringing it to our 5th spot.

4. Adidas Superstars (Run DMC Release)

The RUN DMC x adidas Superstar "50th Anniversary" Is On Sale For Under  Retail! — Kicks Under Cost
Adidas Superstar x Run DMC x Superstar White/Black/Red
RUN-DMC – My Adidas

Adidas and the rise of 80’s rap is what brings it to the 3rd spot on our list. The two cultures mirrored each other’s popularity perfectly in the infancy and rise of rap in the ’80s. Run DMC’s Adidas Collab was one for a generation.

3. Nike SB Dunks (mid 2000’s)

Nike SB Dunk Low "eBay"
eBay Charity Auction 2003
Nike SB | 15 Years of SB Dunk

Whether you were a baller or skater these sneakers affected your life in the mid-2000s. Skateboarding culture was front and center during the SB era and a lot of skaters were given sneaker deals and treated like the athletes they were. These take the number 3 spot on the list for what they did for skate culture.

2. Yeezy boost (2015)

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adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Pirate Black
adidas Originals x Kanye West Yeezy Season 1 Presentation

The Yeezy’s take the cake as the best-resold sneakers in this list and are scene as bringing in the resellers eras. These took exclusivity to a new high being only released in New York when it was first released causing a high demand everywhere else. These take our 2nd spot on the list.

1. Air Jordan 1’s (1985)

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AIR JORDAN 1 COMMERCIAL: Banned! (1985)

When it comes to iconic and culture-defining no one comes close to the Jordan 1s. These sneakers have influenced a new wave of sneaker collectors and resellers. They made athletic wear everyday wear and caused the popularity of basketball to the masses. The ones are the most Iconic and respected in the sneaker game and take the number 1 spot.

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