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The 80 Greatest Sneakers of the '80s

18. Gucci Tennis

Year Released: 1984

No one ever won Wimbledon in Guccis. In fact, if you were to round up all the people who bought Gucci tennis shoes in the ‘80s and ask each of them whether they played tennis in the high-end Italian sneakers, it would be surprising to get a single yes. Gucci sneakers were a straight status symbol, and while they were tennis in name only, they ushered in an entire era of sneakers that were separated from their original intent, judged solely by their price tags and what that said about their owners.

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