#TBT: Vintage Sneaker Ads

Before there were sneakerheads desperate for a fresh pair of kicks, there were plain old shoe companies hawking their goods. Of course, they were still selling lifestyle in one way or the other, but they are a far cry from today’s hyper-designed, hyper-futuristic sneaker ads. For this #TBT, throw on some kicks and walk down memory lane with these vintage sneaker ads. 

Capturing the Essence of Vintage Vans

The perfect canvas for graffiti, cargo vans brighten up the outer boroughs of New York City as much as the latest designer fashions do for 5th Avenue. For Brooklyn artist Kevin Cyr these vans make the perfect muse for a series of oil paintings. Capturing every dent, scratch, and drip of spray paint, Cyr’s paintings glorify each van as a work of art. He has painted over thirty vans over the past seven years, first photographing the profile, then using oil paint on wood panels to create the luminescent effect.

The Perfect Vehicle: Custom Vans From the 1970s

In the era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, there were no better wheels to get your bell-bottoms around than in custom, tricked-out vans. These shaggin’ wagons had booming sound systems, captain’s chairs, refrigerators, custom windows and the all-important plush shag carpet interior to roll around in…