The early 2000s were an experimental time in the world of sneakers specifically. Streamlined designs, wedges and mules reigned supreme, while classic silhouettes were reimagined with futuristic upgrades.
From the Vashtie x Air Jordan 2 to the Nike Air Max 95 Z, read on for five silhouettes that we’d want to see return to shelves.
Nike Air Max Craze
Designed by Martin Lotti in 2002, the Nike Air Max Craze was a groundbreaking design. The sneaker/sandal hybrid marked Nike’s first-ever slingback, and with 2022 marking the 20th anniversary of the silhouette, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Teyana Taylor adidas GLC Promo “Harlem”
Teyana Taylor and adidas partnered on this copper GLC Promo back in 2013. With a similar high-top build as some of Jeremy Scott’s sneakers, could the shoe relaunch in a Teyana x Jeremy x adidas collaboration in the future?
Nike Air Max 95 Z
In 2001, the Nike Air Max 95 Z released to mixed reviews. With avant-garde designs seeing a resurgence in popularity, the model would serve as an ideal canvas for a designer collaboration. We’d love to see sacai or AMBUSH put their spin on the silhouette.
Vashtie Kola x Air Jordan 2
DJ, director and all-around creative Vashtie Kola was the first woman to have an Air Jordan collaboration. The time is right for a return of the 2010 release given the AJ2’s surge in popularity thanks to collaborative models by OFF-WHITE™ and UNION LOS ANGELES.
Clogs and mules had a big year in 2021 thanks in part to Marni‘s fluffy Fussbett, the Fear of God California and Salehe Bembury‘s reimagined Crocs. The model hasn’t seen a release since 2014, making them pretty pricy on the resell market.