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Old-School Basketball Sneakers Are This Season’s Biggest Trend

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When it comes to old-school basketball silhouettes and fashion, old is truly new again. While you’d certainly be correct in assuming that these retro revivals are better suited to the street than the court, it’s their retro heritage and vintage appeal that’s helped the classics make a name for themselves once again.

Brands with strong roots in the game are leading the charge, and ASICS is more than cemented in basketball history.

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Vintage Basketball History

Models such as the ASICS Gel-Spotlyte were worn by some of the biggest names in basketball throughout the 80s and 90s. Most notably, Isiah Thomas wore the Spotlyte at the peak of his career in the 1992 season. It came as no surprise, but ASICS basketball sneakers were seen as fast, quick and agile, often being referred to as “guard shoes” for their lightweight and unusual low cut. The Gel-Spotlyte was a significant sneaker for the brand, but it’s just one of many vintage basketball sneakers that ASICS Sportstyle is looking to tap into with its classic and vintage silhouettes.

Working with one of the best players in the NBA to create a signature shoe was certainly a pivotal moment in the brand’s history, however, the average sneakerhead today is more concerned with cleaner and more sophisticated style’s. ASICS Sportstyle knows this better than most and delivers the latest in a range of coveted sneakers under the Sportstyle umbrella.

Introducing the JAPAN S.

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Old is New Again – ASICS JAPAN S

The ASICS JAPAN S sneaker originally debuted in 1981 and rose to immediate fame. It served as an inspiration to the Gel-Spotlyte that debuted in the later years, however, finds a home today alongside earlier vintage basketball models. These earlier models – beginning of the 1980s – translate better to today’s style than the traditional chunky hightop. Suited for those with a versatile wardrobe mixed with casual and semi-formal attire.

Designed with a low-profile aesthetic per the brand’s vision at the time, today, this shoe is intended for the fan who looks for a clean silhouette that pairs with an array of wardrobe styles. Everyone needs a pair of white leather shoes in their rotation and there’s nothing more on-trend than a vintage basketball sneaker.

By design, the JAPAN S more than fits the bill, with exaggerated, nostalgic branding by way of two-toned ASICS Stripes on the side panels. Drawing features from the brand’s 1980s archive, court-inspired tooling found on the outsole, midsole and upper finds an updated cup sole application for improved comfort and lighter weight. Pair any one of these models below with an equally smart pair of ASICS Sportstyle french terry tracksuits for a casual, yet elevated look.

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Japan S – White/ Smoke Grey

The Smoke Grey pair is best matched with its ASICS Sportstyle counterpart, the Putty coloured Brushed French Terry crew.

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Japan S – White/ Black

We love the pairing between JAPAN S with Black logo and the classic Brushed French Terry Hoodie in Performance Black.

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JAPAN S – White/ Monaco Blue

Pair the bold Monaco Blue logo JAPAN S with an equally appealing set of Brushed French Terry pants in Grey Floss.

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Drawing from the archives of the early 1980s, the ASICS JAPAN S debuts as a showcase of the brand’s strong roots in the basketball sneaker game. While no longer suitable for the court, the vintage basketball sneaker has made a successful transition into today’s fashion landscape with strong vintage appeal. The ASICS JAPAN S is available online now, via the link below. Old is officially new again.

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.