’80s-Inspired Sneakers Are About to Be 2020’s Biggest Trend

I’ve always been a sucker for a good ’80s moment. In middle school, I begged my best friend to dress up as cliché “1980s girls” for Halloween (read: neon clothing, teased hair, and fishnet stockings). In high school, I cried when I scored the lead role in a musical literally titled Back to the ’80s. And in college, I penned an entire thesis around the decade’s “more is more” philosophy. I’m just a girl, standing in front of Doc, asking him to lend me a time-traveling DeLorean. Suffice it to say, I enjoy tracking any re-emerging trend from the era. While there definitely hasn’t been any shortage of ’80s comebacks recently, there’s one resurgence that trumps them all this year: ’80s sneakers. 

It feels almost unfair to say that ’80s sneakers are just now experiencing a comeback. Plenty of sneaker styles that debuted throughout the decade have experienced prolonged success. But it’s the classic exaggeratedly rounded toes, soft-sole padding, and tennis court–ready styles that are making a true revival. But don’t just take our word for it. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the ways fashion girls are already bringing back the shoe styles. So buckle up because 1985 is just a few scrolls away.