high top sneakers
First invented as an athletic shoe for basketball, high top sneakers skyrocketed in popularity in the 1980s when legendary basketball star Michael Jordan paired up with Nike to create the eternally cool Air Jordan shoe. It was not long before high-top sneakers became synonymous with hip hop, with dope designs, neon colors and luxurious embellishments becoming swag status symbols of hip hop culture. Cute, girly designs followed in stride, adorned by powerhouse female hip hop artists of the 1990s. To this day, high top sneakers remain quintessential components of any urban chic wardrobe.