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The 90 Greatest Sneakers of the ’90s

October 26, 2011 BY / 21

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Is it just nostalgia from the sneakerhead old guard or were the 1990s really a golden age in sneaker design?  There’s no doubting that huge leaps were made in performance, marketing and the sheer enjoyment of sneaker culture during the last decade of the 20th century, and while you also can’t deny recent developments in synthetic materials and lifestyle-oriented casual designs in recent years, there’s no doubting that the ’90s laid the foundation for the movement as it’s currently situated.  Interestingly enough, even if you’re not into arguing one decade against another, there’s still quite a bit of ranking work to be done within each, and that’s where the latest Complex.com list comes in.  The Greatest 90 Sneakers of the ’90s attempts to wrap up this monumental decade in a number that represents its 10-year reign; are there any notable omissions or shoes you would have ranked higher?  Click through to see a preview of the list in its entirety, head to Complex for the feature in full and let us know which is your top ’90s sneaker design.

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tjhay
tjhay

its reebok blast actually

Bowdown
Bowdown

What about Kevin Johnson's Converse signatures and Deon Saunder's second Diamond Turf? They were dope too..

chea!
chea!

14's infront of 13's man fuck out of here those people over at complex are the worst when it comes to anything

RIC WRIGHT
RIC WRIGHT

awhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! AIR ZOOM FLIGHT 95'S. I NEED ONE SZ13 PLS.

Grax
Grax

Nike Air Missions (Junoir Seau) aren't on this list? No Larry Johnson Converse React Juice?

DimeBagOswoosh
DimeBagOswoosh

Complex didn't totally embarrass themselves this time, but they should still take a break from doing these kinds of lists. Seriously.

elementkx
elementkx

Love the JKidds, but those Filas always were ugly. Everyone had them, but that doesnt mean they didnt suck. Wheres the Joe Montana's? First sneaker/boots to blow up.

RJ7
RJ7

No LA Gear with the lights, no Converse Grand Mama's/Worms, no Reebok Black Top nor Fila Stack's? How about them Nike Metal Force/Flight Turbulence/T-Bug/Money/Rattle Ndestrukt to name a few?

qqq
qqq

I have the top 5 in my closet, maybe its time i started looking for some more recently designed kicks lol

Fuck a hater
Fuck a hater

Wow sneakernews, congratulations. for the first time not on Jordan's dick and actually put some quality retro heat. p.s. thanks

jayden
jayden

Saucony,Reebok Hexi-lite,Lugz were great in the 90s. Even British Knights were dope in Elementary School LOL

Black Lion
Black Lion

Oh yeah! More random lists!! The concept of "best of" lists in shoes has been watered down almost as much as Jordan has.

rell8886
rell8886

the ix is garbage, the x is nice!

donadamsky
donadamsky

is it just me or does the list not work, like when you click, it doesnt advance?

Mark
Mark

The only Jumpman shoe to do better than a Jordan shoe was the Air Jumpan Pro 1. All others flopped. Air Jordan IX and X did well financially even without Jordan playing or having a full commercial

Rell826
Rell826

Too many Jordan signature shoes made that list IMO. The IX and the X shouldn't be as high as they are. There were Team Jordan sneakers that were better and more popular than both of those. I'm probably going to get a lot of thumbs down for that but for some of you who aren't old enough to remember sneakers in the late 90s, team shoes sold as well and at times better than signature Js.

RJ7
RJ7

That would be Reebok Reignman or The Shroud.

25/8*
25/8*

No No That Was Shaq !!!!

23isking
23isking

The IXs and Xs are two of the most comfortable and recognizable designs in the jordan lineup, the IXs are even on his feet in his statue at the chicago stadium lol. The Xs are one of my favorite and bears a lot of design elements similar to the XIs although admittedly not as popular, and even they are not that high on the list



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