In the age of bots and resellers, buying sneakers can be a laborious process. No longer is it a case of queuing up at a store, seeing a pair you like, handing over money and walking away with them in hand. These days, those looking to cop the latest models, especially if they’re hyped, best be prepared to go through the rigmarole of online raffles and downloading apps. And that’s before you get to the exorbitant price points. As Complex‘s Joe La Puma recently told Coveteur: “I think now people are saving up for that one monthly grail and are just accepting the fact that they’re going to have to pay over retail if they really want a sneaker.”
What Joe says is true in a lot of cases — good luck copping the latest Virgil Abloh x Nike kicks on eBay at retail if you miss out on the drop — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some affordable gems out there. Often, it’s the classics which have stood the test of time that can be picked up for less.
With spring weather here, we’ve flagged up six iconic creps to beef up your rotation. And the best part? Thanks to a price point limit of $50, none of them will break the bank. Peep the choices below.
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