With the sneaker culture exploding, it's easy to forget that sneakers themselves have been around since your pops called them tennis shoes despite exclusively wearing them while sitting around watching moon landings. Pick up an original: the Gola Harrier 40th Anniversary. Born in 1905 as a soccer-boot maker, Brit outfit Gola unleashed the Harrier in '68 as a proto cross trainer ideal for squash, badminton, volleyball, and taking off vertically without a runway. Though by modern standards this one-time super-shoe's barely suitable for crawling, it does retain a classically sharp look: low profile outsole, gum-rubber toe bumper, and Gola's simple logo -- all together, the diametric opposite of Skidz. The two-color upper schemes come in retro simple (white leather with red/black/green/blue suede accents, or reversed), or jazzier new looks like orange w/ black accents -- helpful for escaping the clutches of Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg in order to spend more time with your troublingly hot cousin.
Of course Gola didn't stop with the Harrier, in the interim coming out with styles like the Euro driving-shoe-ish Chase, the hi-top Dodge, and the Tap, with velcro -- an offshoot of the space program, and now the only way Buzz Aldrin can keep his shoes on.
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