Popular Sneakers in the 1970s for Women and Men!

What kind of shoes were popular in the 1970s? Let's go back a little bit.

What a decade to be alive! From the first commercial of a floppy disk to the National Organization for Women (NOW) organizing a nationwide Women's Strike for Equality on August 26th, the 50th anniversary of women's suffrage in the U.S., demanding equal rights and opportunities for women, and the rise of popular disco styles with vibrant colors, bell-bottom pants, and platform shoes. The 1970s also saw the emergence of iconic films like "Star Wars," "The Godfather," and "Rocky."

The 1970s were all about having fun and expressing yourself, and that reflected in the shoe styles too. Many of the classic sneaker designs that we wear today can trace their roots back to the '70s. Let's take a look at some of the best 70s sneakers, and you may be surprised by how familiar some of the designs are. Please enjoy as we take a trip down memory lane.

Adidas Campus - Year: 1971

One of Adidas' most famous silhouettes was released in 1971 and originally gained popularity as a basketball shoe. Its first name was 'Tournament,' but it was re-released in 1980 under the name 'Campus,' and it has stayed that way ever since. NBA players wore them on the hardwood floors, but they soon became a common sight on the streets.

Nike Cortez - Year: 1972

The Nike Cortez was created by Nike Co-Founder and Oregon Head Track and Field Coach Bill Bowerman. It was Nike's first running sneaker and is one of the most iconic shoes instrumental in Nike becoming the sneaker giant it is today. They were also one of the first styles from the brand to feature the iconic swoosh logo. The sneaker was seen on athletes and celebrities alike, including Farrah Fawcett in the 1976 show "Charlie's Angels."

Nike Blazer - Year: 1973

It wouldn't take long before Nike released another basketball sneaker, this time a high top named after the Portland Trailblazers. The Nike Blazer is still being released up until this day but is oddly enough not considered a basketball sneaker but more of a lifestyle sneaker. Every sneaker is now a lifestyle sneaker :)

Puma Clyde - Year: 1973

The Puma Clyde was made famous by New York Knicks basketball superstar Walt "Clyde" Frazier. The suede was smooth and flashy, just like the man who wore them. This past NBA All-Star game, we saw a re-release with an all-gold and patent leather version. Would have loved to see Frazier rocking those back in the '70s.

Adidas Gazelle - Produced in 1968

The Adidas Gazelle's original purpose remains hidden in mystery and speculation. Its silhouette suggests that it could have begun as an indoor soccer shoe. The streamlined shape, simple styling, and flat sole are topped off with the suede upper to create a classic piece of design. It made a real impact on the early hip-hop scene; today it's worn by b-boys and has been adopted by skaters and indie-rockers alike.

Vans Era - Year: 1975

In 1975, the Vans #95, known today as the Era, was designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. With a padded collar and different color combinations, the Era became the shoe of choice for a generation of skateboarders due to its non-slip bottom, making it easier to grip better. The Vans Era or Core Classic is the most popular style on the global streets, followed by their basic slip-ons. No matter what model you dig, Vans sneakers are the most versatile and flexible kicks.

Adidas Samoa - Introduced in 1977

The Adidas Samoa took game day to the streets and has become a decades-long fan favorite since its introduction as a training shoe. The Samoa's durability and lasting style meant it wasn't going anywhere as its popularity grew. Known for its signature suede toe box and distinctive Trefoil tread, the Samoa is available in a wide range of colors and has the versatility to dominate any scene.
The 1970s were very important for sneakers, with lots of firsts, colors, and styles. Some of the styles we wear now originated from that era. So, what sneakers do you like from the '70s?
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