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These 80s Basketball Sneakers Serve Instant Baller Energy

Worth dropping a dime on.
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Basketball shoes are the classic 80s trend that will perfectly slot its way into your sneaker collection and quickly rise in the ranks as your go-to pair.

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The shoes are best when they are bold, chunky, and made with leather.

They are also super comfy and can be worn everywhere – and you’ll love them so much that even when they have holes, you won’t be able to throw them out.

In 2021, the shoes have been upgraded to look a little slimmer with pops of bold colour that add some unique flair to the classically white sneakers.

The styling details for this shoe fall in the same vein as most sneakers, as they can be worn with mum jeans, skirts, summer dresses, and even with a blazer and pant number.

For girls who lean towards a more feminine aesthetic, basketball sneakers are just refined enough to maintain your desired vibe. For girls who like to play with gender-neutral fashion, these shoes are basically uni-sex.

A solid sneaker collection has grown to have massive clout, and this beacon of cool has roots within African American culture from the early 80s.


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The power of a solid collection was born within the rise of basketball legend Michael Jordan and his iconic Air Jordan shoes and through the rapid growth of an emerging hip hop music scene.

These days, rappers are still immersed within the politics, culture, and context of sneakers, which all come with their own unique and fascinating history.

For example, Nike’s 1982 Air Force shoes are credited for kicking off the sneaker culture that exists today, and it’s been named dropped countless times in pop culture – Hip Hop singer Nelly even dedicated a whole song to the shoe called Air Force Ones.

The status associated with a strong sneaker collection has since spread worldwide, and in Australia, places like Sydney’s Western suburbs take the long-lasting trend seriously.

To get your hands on basketball sneakers and to add some 80s culture to your outfits, here are some of 2021s best offerings.

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Shop Forum low shoes, $150 from Adidas here. 

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Shop Forum Exhibit Mid Shoes, $170 from Adidas here. 

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Shop Forum Mid Shoes, $160 from Adidas here. 

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Shop Adidas Originals Forum Low Womens, $149.99 from HYPE here. 

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Shop Adidas Originals Forum Plus Womens, $159.99 from HYPE here. 

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Shop Nike Air Force 1 GTX, $239.99 from HYPE here.

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Shop Nike Air Force 1 PIXEL Womens, $159.99 from HYPE here. 

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Shop Triple Platforum Low Shoes, $240 from Adidas here. 

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Shop Forum Low Shoes, $150 from Adidas here. 

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Shop Forum Bold Shoes, $200 from Adidas here. 

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