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The Top 10 Hip-Hop Sneakers Of All-Time


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Nike Air Force 1

The Air Force 1 is another shoe which gained its God-status after St. Louis rapper Nelly put out the bouncy tribute to the already iconic shoe. The clean and smooth silhouette of an all white leather Air Force 1 can’t be matched by any other sneaker. The advent of visible airbags inside the soles of sneakers made the Force 1 somewhat dated. In the early 90s these shoes were now cheap and common, which made them a favorite for heads who scrambled hard for that quick cash.  Being hot on the streets made them a favorite for rappers who liked to act like they still had a connection to the kids on the streets.  Always remember that Hip-Hop comes from the streets and then moves upwards.

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  • j4y

    what about clarks wallabees ?

  • Stay logged on to HipHopWired for that post… Dancehalls Top 10 Shoes. Clarks and TravelFox will lead that list

  • What about Bally sneakers? I thought a lot of rappers were rocking those kicks.
    I know that after MC Lyte started wearing Diadoras, girls around the way were rocking them too, especially the pink ones.

    And let’s not forget about the Troop sneakers. Once LL Cool J wore them on the B.A.D. album cover, dudes around the way were rocking them in every color.

  • HipHopDoc

    no Chucks? you must be smokin rocks to leave out Chuck Taylors

    • Chucks?! Don’t believe the hype. Real Hip-Hop heads knew those kicks were for people who fuxed with Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols. Chucks lack aspiration and they definitely got no AIR

  • epic

    yeah you seriously left out Chucks…

  • yall would get so many more views if you changed this cringworthy layout and didnt make people click on 10 different pages to get through one article. this site is just too much work

  • Mare139

    What! Obviously the editors are too young to remebr the original hip hop sneaker Pro Keds, leaving Chucks out is also amiss, Lotto? Addidas kareem Abdul Jabbars!!!


  • Mare139

    What! Obviously the editors are too young to remember the original hip hop sneaker -Pro Keds, leaving Chucks out is also amiss, Lotto? Addidas kareem Abdul Jabbars!!!


    • I totally had a pair of Pro-Keds and they were for kids who couldn’t get the adidas Superstar. Hip-Hop sneakers were at least aspirational even when they were utilitarian. Only hobos put fat laces in Pro-Keds. Real talk.



  • I’m not old enough but what about British Walkers,Barkleys,Bo’s ext and I’m not old enough for the BW’s everything else I was around for!!!

  • what about top ten adidas, concorde adidas, and forum adidas.

  • Juan Solo

    I think the list is not bad. However it does show a heavy NY bias. The shoes chosen are iconic, and i think i owned all but the gucci and prada joints. But for real chucks are hip hop if your west coast. I am not to sure how important they were anywhere else. Think about it chucks in a NY winter?

  • Smokey

    Son no Vans or Chucks get all the way out of here. NY is the only place i’ve ever seen anyone rock those ugly timb boots, biased much. Chucks and vans are West coast hip hop. i think you missed out by not putting foams either son.

  • Darren Robinson

    Great Article….   no complaints from me!!

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  • Realtalk

    nyers consider B.I.G. the last great rapper,cause they can’t see past ny and the world is bigger than ny

  • mike hunt

     the g-unit shoe was THE shoe besides forces from 2002 until 06 , thats the 4 years fifty was huge, they def made an impact in the burbs lol….my only complaint

  • BrazillianKidFromDaGhetto

    were are the ecko unltd, ecko red and marck ecko’s shoes in the list??? And de Reebok G- unit shoes??? The hip hop didn’t end up in the 90’s!!! ok??

  • Blabla

    Adidas and Puma look so great oh my lord.