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Human beings started wearing shoes about 30,000 - 40,000 years ago.

As any good shoe horse knows, a good shoe speaks volume about the person wearing it.

The type of shoes you wear depicts your nature, personality, and sense of elegance.

Over the years various types of shoes have been manufactured but only a few have been able to outstand the constraint of time.

Below are the top 5 classic shoes that will never go out of style:


Timberland boots
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Originally designed as a hard-wearing boot for New England Construction workers the six-inch high waterproof nubuck shoe has become synonymous with hip-hop style, appearing on the feet and in the songs of almost every big artist you could think of from Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. to Kanye West.

The shoe was first created in 1953 by Sidney Swartz, since then Timberland has made very few changes to its boots thus remaining to its true original design. 

The boot has a timeless look and simplicity. Developing trends come and go in the fashion business, but there will always be consumers who love, want, and appreciate what this boot offers in terms of aesthetics, durability, and its instantly recognizable design.

We can't fail to recognize that the shoe being associated with Hip Hop artists has made it a star to date. 

Nike Airforce 1

Nike Airforce 1
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The iconic Nike Air force 1 first debuted on the shelves in 1982 and was named after the Air Force One plane that the President of the United States travels in.

Now 41 years later it has made Nike one of the hottest wear brands in 2023.

The A1s were not an instant hit or an overnight success. Only two years after their original release, Nike wanted to discontinue the shoe.

When word that the Air Force 1 was being discontinued, fans started buying up every pair they could find.

The shoe also made many sales due to its association with rappers.

In the early 2000s, Air Force 1 became a staple of fashion in the music industry. Roc-A-Fella Records had a custom pair of white Air Force 1's made that had the record label’s embroidered logo on it.

The biggest-name rappers of that era like Jay Z, Shyne, Nelly, Fat Joe, and G-Unit not only wore the Air Force 1, but they also shouted them out on albums.

Since then Airforce 1 has been the most sold shoe by the Nike Company.

Air Jordan 1 

Air Jordan 1
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Michael Jordan's Air Jordan 1 was designed by Peter Moore and launched in 1985.

Every passing year, the legend of the man that made the Air Jordan 1 famous becomes larger and more fantastic thus making the shoe culture flourish thus becoming a multi-billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. 

Ever since its release the shoe has made millions of sales. Each time the company Nike collaborates with different designers to create new designs the shoe. 

Converse, Chunk Taylor, 

Converse Chunk Taylor
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Converse started making an early basketball shoe in 1917 and  redesigned it in 1922 when Chuck Taylor asked the company to create a better shoe with more support and flexibility. 

After Converse added Taylor's signature to the ankle patch they became known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars. 

The shoes have been on the market ever since with modified designs from different designers. 

Vans Old Skool

Vans Old Skool
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Vans have were first launched in 1996 by brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren.

They were initially made for skaters but over the years they are worn by a diverse number of people.

It is one of the most classic sneaker models out there, the Vans Old Skool will always have a place in your rotation.

Whether you are rocking a pair of black and white lows or going for a more colorful look, this shoe is always a good choice.

The best part is that the Old Skool is versatile enough to be dressed up or down, making it a great option for any outfit.

"You can wear anything as long as you put a nice pair of shoes with it"-Taylor Momsen.

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