10 Coolest Retro-Inspired Running Shoes

Fact: Running shoes were better in the '70s. Also fact: Wearing shoes that were around in the '70s is downright disgusting. Thankfully, the designs—splashy shapes and vivid colors—are making a serious comeback. To hit the ground running, take a gander at the 10 below. They're the best and brightest around.

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Reebok Men's Classic Lace Up Sneakers

Not just old school, but iconic. These leather lace ups from Reebok only get better with wear. Once these have some dirt and grime, the lived-in look is just about perfect. ($75; bloomingdales.com.)

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Pony Topstar Pe Sneaker

Straight out of 1975, these retro kicks are available in three chic colors. For our money, the muted yellow best captures the mien of the decade. ($75; urbanoutfitters.com)

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Maison Margiela Retro Runner Leather & Suede Sneaker

If you want to look rad on your next run, slip this ruby red pair of Maison Margiela sneakers. You'll stand out from the rest of the runners on the trail—not like a sore thumb, but like a shining star. ($490; bergdorfgoodman.com)

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Adidas Originals Iniki Runner Sneakers

These navy numbers are more neutral than you may think. Pair these bad boys with jeans and a t-shirt and you would have looked good 30 years ago, and will still look good 30 years from now. A true classic never dies. ($120; urbanoutfitters.com)

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Tod's Sneakers

Some shoes just aren't made for walking. These kicks, from Tod's, seamlessly integrate a driver sole into a sneaker—and with envy-inducing looks, to boot. Wear these next time you're heading on a lengthy leisure cruise. ($495; yoox.com)

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Tom Ford Oxford Sneaker

Rusty orange suede meets signal orange nylon in this vivacious throw-back from Tom Ford. If it seems a little bright for your taste, the trick is to pair it with neutrals, and only neutrals. As you wear them in, you'll come to love them as your best casual sneaker. ($890; bergdorfgoodman.com)

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New Balance 501

Retro and ready to be worn with just about anything, it's hard to think of a decade where the classic New Balance style like this hasn't been stylish. This gunmetal gray is natural and neutral, so you won't have to fret about it not working. Unless you're in your finest black tie, this shoe won't look out of place. ($69.99; macys.com)

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Prada Stripe-Appliqued Denim Sneakers

Ah, Prada—the pinnacle of luxury. These sumptuous denim kicks are no exception, especially considering the burnished leather trimmings, muted navy hardware, and bright retro tongue stripe. ($650; barneys.com)

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Diadora Sirio Lace Up Sneakers

Despite their rote coloring—black, white, and a touch of tan—these sneakers from Diadora stand out from a crowd, thanks to a design devoid of any pretense whatsoever. ($70; bloomingdales.com.)

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Brunello Cucinelli Suede-Trim Trainer Sneaker

These Italian-made sneakers are clean, crisp, and star just the slightest hint of color at the heel. Plus, the interior is lined with leather and stretch cotton fabric for unmatched comfort and ventilation. ($875; bergdorfgoodman.com.)

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