The fashion industry is ever-evolving, and the future of fashion looks promising as brands continue to deliver to meet consumers’ expectations. Since the pandemic caused a shift in consumer demand, brands had to take a new direction in terms of comfort and sustainability. Athleisure brands, such as Nike and Adidas, have thus become the new luxury brands.
While athleisure is considered one of the most popular trends in fashion, there have been far too many instances where brands have left us confused with their designs. Let’s have a look at some of the worst sneaker designs of the past.
This pair of Reeboks came into existence in 1996, and according to some sneakerheads, may be the worst-looking sneakers. They were chunky, and quite heavy to wear. Shaquille O’Neal got these made before he left for the Atlanta Olympics.
While everyone celebrated his win, there’s no denying many of them eyed his badly designed sneakers. The features of these sneakers included a Hexalite midsole, Clarino synthetic upper, and the EVA midsole wrap that made it heavy and unappealing.
Adidas Kobe 2
When listing down badly design sneakers, we can’t forget Adidas Kobe 2. Understandably, Adidas wanted to come up with something unique for Kobe, but they’re perhaps one of the most unorthodox performance shoes to have ever existed.
The boxy finish of the sneakers was not appreciated. Therefore, the brand didn’t bother with a revival as they still can’t get over the atrocious design.
Reebok Answer 9
Reebok is renowned for its Question and Answer signature line. However, there was one particular version, Answer 9, that didn’t receive as much success as others. The reason was the appalling design of the sneakers that made them look more like ski boots than sneakers.
The sneakers feature the typical red and white colorway, leather, bulky straps, and a dial on the side.
Air Jordan 16
Sneakerheads keep up with Jordan sneakers release dates to get their hands on the latest sneakers. While most of their sneakers are known for exceptional qualities, the Air Jordan 16 was quite uninspiring.
The leather upper, the red accents on the black colorway, and the glossy toe were unpleasant to the eyes. The lead designer at that time had left, which explains a lot in terms of the unappealing design.
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