4. New Balance 574
Originally Released: 1988
Sneaker culture is huge. There are many different genres with subgenres that branch off of them of what people buy and collect. The 574 is the perfect example of how large the culture is. To me the 574 represents what New England is all about and what it offers to the world of footwear. It bridges American craftsmanship with performance. As much as the 574 has been successful in the lifestyle market, back in its initial release it was a dominant running shoe. It's one of the only sneakers that I actually think looks better with chinos than denim. It is the perfect prep shoe and with the right material plays and colorups it will always be the perfect prep shoe.