But rather than looking back longingly at the past, here designer Chris Labrooy has taken a radically different approach to sneaker design.
Playing with colour, surface and intricate patterns, Labrooy - who best known for his amazing typography work - has designed a range of shoes made entirely of yarn. Whilst we're unsure of how comfortable they could actually be, the use of gorgeous palettes and cool typography means we want a pair, and we want them now.
See more amazing work on Chris Labrooy's website.
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