List The Quintessential 80's Basketball High Tops

As we all know, the heyday of the basketball high top was in the early-to-mid 80's. What ones would you say were the best, most classic examples? Additionally, have they been retro'd and are they available now? I'm making this thread because I'd like to learn more about this era and style of shoe. While I was in my preteen / young adult years in the 80's, my memory is limited. However, I do remember some of the shoes I'd see on a regular basis in my Philadelphia public school recess yard. Here are the top 4 that I recall, with the original version on the left and the retro'd version on the right: [Image] I saved, in my opinion, the best for last. Other than using red thread on the sole on the 25th anniversary re-release, Reebok was dead-on here with the BB6600. I actually wanted to list the Reebok BB4600 in white/blue, but they were never re-released in that colorway. The colors Reebok used for the retro'd BB5600 models used classic colorways, too, but for some reason they over-modified the BB4600. Anyway, these Reebok models were more common than any other shoe that I remember in the mid-80's, and for good reason -- to this day, I still say these are the absolute best-looking, most comfortable, most classic basketball high-top ever released. It seems that the biggest differences between the original basketball high tops of the 80's and the current retro'd versions are: more padding, shorter tongues, and darker versions of the original colors. I wonder why? Reebok BB6600 aside, I don't understand why shoe manufacturers insist on making modifications to classic models when they're retro'd. The people who buy these are typically the people who remember them, and I personally want THE originals, exactly, thread-by-thread. The modifications make no sense to me. So, your turn. What are the classic 80's basketball high tops that you remember? Which ones do you wish would be retro'd? Which are your favorite? Do you own a pair? If so, can you post a pic?

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How Many Pairs Of Shoes you own?

Approximately 40.

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What shoes are considered your babies??

No question about it, my Reebok BB6600s.

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Vibram 5 Fingers Shoes

Two people that I work with wear these in the office. They kind of look like hobbits, but these shoes are huge in the barefoot community (that is, people who believe that it's healthier to walk barefoot, and the Five Fingers emulates that).

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How do you guys rock high tops?

If I'm in the mood, I'll wear non-tapered jeans, tie them loosely, and get the tongue out. Usually, though, I tie them and just let my jeans hang over them however they fall.

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Most comfortable shoes you own.

Either my 2003 Nike Wildwood ACGs in brown/orange ($70 or so) or my Reebok BB6600s ($125).

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Whats your fav shoes

Reebok BB6600s.

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Sneakers with good arch support (was Reebok Club C no arch support now)

Adidas Samba sneakers have excellent arch support and look good with almost anything.

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What to shoe to wear with a suit?

Adidas Samba, hands down. Even GQ recommends them with suits.

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What is the most comfortable shoe out there?

I've found that putting in Dr. Scholl's inserts instantly makes almost any shoe extremely comfortable. As far as comfort without the inserts, the most comfortable pair I own is probably my 2003 Nike Wildwood ACG in brown/orange, or my Reebok BB6600 high tops.

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What is the most you've ever spent on shoes?

$400-ish for a pair of Red Wing Irish Setter 1950's reproductions from JCrew. I don't regret it one single bit. They'll last me to my coffin and look fantastic.

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What shoes do you wear for work?

Cole Haan Santa Barbara. I own a pair in black and in brown. They have Nike Air technology (air bubbles in the heel) and last forever. I love them.

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Are there any shoes....

Clarks Wallabees.

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What do you think is the ugliest shoe ever?

Nike Air Max 95s and 97s are up there. I understand that they're comfortable, but they look absolutely horrible. I bought a pair of the Air Max 95 Halloween safaris from Flight Club NY, but when I put them on my feet... yikes!

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Good shoes for being on your feet all day

Get whatever pair of sneakers you like and then put in some Dr. Scholl's inserts. Seriously. Nobody knows you're wearing them. It doesn't matter.

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