Over the last 30 years, nearly everything has changed in hip-hop: lyrical styles, beats, fashion, subject matter, politics, geography, ethnic diversity, gender biases…you name it. The thing that has remained constant is rappers’ love of sneakers. From the early days of The Rock Steady Crew with their Converse All-Stars and Run-D.M.C. with their Adidas, to Air Jordans, Reebok Pumps and now rappers’ own shoe lines, sneakers have been a constant thread. MTV Clutch has tirelessly researched the bond between rappers and their kicks and built the definitive timeline of hip-hop sneakers through the years. See below.
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