Running shoes, once limited to performance on the track or the rugged terrain of the outdoors, are now seen on the feet of many as their staple for everyday wear. How exactly did we get here? After doing some research in the field and talking with well-respected sneakerheads, we’ve come to couple conclusions about this style trend.

One reason why we believe running shoes have evolved to become an everyday staple is because of  innovation, which can be seen most clearly with the Nike Flyknits. When the HTMs dropped a few years back, it was the first time anybody had seen a different way of creating a light shoe. Running shoes today have reached the pinnacle of comfort meeting great design. It will only get better.

Another reason is that modern design trends pay homage to older styles from the early 90′s or even further. Walking around in the Manhattan area of New York City is where we first noticed the proliferation of how many individuals were wearing performance sneakers to balance out their outfits. The theory was solidified when we spotted a young man rocking the rerelease of the Air Pegasus 92 worn by the US Olympic running team when they took the gold back then. It’s inspiring to look back into the archives where sneakers like the Air Max 1, which was first released back in ’87, is still fresh and relevant.

Show and/or tell us what kicks you’re rocking today in the comments!