Scan this QR Code to follow PureWow on Snapchat!
PureWow

Our love affair with sneakers doesn’t show signs of slowing, but sometimes we feel our styling getting a little stale. That’s when we look to the past for inspiration from stylish gals dating all the way back to 1950. See how they did it.

sneakers 50
H. Armstrong Roberts/Getty Images

1950

Fun fact: Keds debuted in 1916, making this year its centennial. But it took a post-war fashion liberation to really kick off America's love affair with the sporty shoe.

sneakers 1950
Archive Photos/Getty Images

1952

On the set of Clash by Night, Marilyn Monroe forwent her typically ultra-glam style in favor of an ensemble almost identical to her male costar--a short-sleeved button-down; loose, cuffed jeans; and simple Keds. History was being made.

sneakers 70
Lambert/Getty Images

1970

By the '70s, denim had become a total staple, allowing for even more room for sneaker style to shine.

sneakers 76
ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

1976

The ultimate '70s babe, Farrah Fawcett (seen here on the set of Charlie's Angels) epitomized the decade's aesthetic in bell-bottom jeans and a pair of red, white and blue Nike Cortez--plus perfectly feathered bangs, of course. 

RELATED: The Easiest Way to Clean Your White Sneakers

sneakers 86
Universal Images Group/Getty Images

1986

Sneakers in the '80s served a few different purposes. On one hand, the decade saw the advent of personal style, as women started unabashedly letting their sartorial freak flags fly. This impeccably cool duo in patchwork overalls (and the gal on the left in black Vans) embodies the attitude of dressing for yourself. 

sneakers workinggirl
20th Century Fox

1988

Then on the other hand, there were those ubiquitous, sensible white Reeboks. Favored by commuting working women, they were a means to an end before it was officially time for heels. (Oh hey, Melanie Griffith.)

sneakers 92
Rose Hartman/Getty Images

1992

Pivoting out of the maximalism of the '80s came early '90s grunge. Enter: Elle Macpherson in a Superman tee, sunglasses at night (you can do that if you're a supermodel) and red Adidas Gazelles. 

sneakers 90s

1994

Rachel Green, fashion icon. Girl rocked a number of copyable outfits on Friends, but we might be most partial to this quintessentially '90s getup of cutoff denim overalls, a striped shirt peeking out from underneath and a pair of slightly stained white sneaks. 

sneakers 99
S. Granitz/Getty Images

1999

Oh how the decade changed. By the approaching millennium, a more futuristic tone was felt throughout fashion--making Britney Spears' white platforms somewhat make sense.

sneakers 03
S. Granitz/Getty Images

2003

The shell top Adidas Superstar came out in 1969, became popular for men in the '80s, when they were favored by Run DMC, and became indispensable for ladies in the early 2000s, when the sublimely cool Missy Elliott paired her all-white version with--what else?--a baby-pink velour sweatsuit and coordinating fuzzy hat. 

sneakers 05
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

2005

Before she was the Bad Gal Riri we all know and worship, Rihanna was just another early 2000s girl with a penchant for aggressively low-rise jeans, cropped halter tops, body chains and bright pink Converse. 

sneakers 12
Mark Piasecki/Getty Images

2011

A few years later, wedge sneakers, made popular by Isabel Marant, began to reign supreme, as did giant fur vests and, oh yes, leggings as pants.

sneakers 14
Kristin Sinclair/Getty Images

2014

A couple years after that, we saw the dawn of the street-style star. Here, blogger Susie Lau does her peacocking best to combine as many fabrics, colors and trends as she can, including our favorite part of the ensemble, a cool pair of silver Nike Air Max. 

sneakers 15
Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

2015

Perhaps in defiance of the previous year's excess, 2015 was all about the decidedly unpretentious normcore look. Think basic shoes your dad might have worn styled with monochromatic basics like baggy black pants, bomber jackets and unisex T-shirts. 

sneakers stan
Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images

2015

This also took form in a preppy normcore revolution as well, with the rise of the squeaky-clean Adidas Stan Smiths paired with "mom" jeans.

sneakers 16
Christian Vierig/Getty Images

2016

As for now? We're in kind of a hybrid of the past two years. Current sneaker trends tend toward subtle, elevated basics. Even if you don't own a pair of those coveted Adidas Yeezys, you can't help but pine for a sleek, sporty, monochromatic ensemble.

RELATED: 10 Shoes Every Grown Woman Should Own

From Around The Web