Hip hop is about more than just music. As a subculture, it represents entire communities, encompasses facets of everyday life and elicits vibes about the things we all know and love. Sneakers, just like music, form a vital part of hip hop culture—their ubiquity on album covers throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s speaks to that notion. For example, the vinyl cover of 2 Hype: Kid ‘n Play’s first release in 1988—in which the duo are pictured sporting a pair of Nike Windrunners.
A sneaker more renowned for cultural association than athletic glory, the Windrunner blew up in the late ‘80s. Originally released in 1986, the Windrunner is just as classic as the Kid ‘n Play ‘kick step.’ What’s more, its timeless design is likely to attract hip hop purists for generations to come.
A favourite of Kid ‘n Play, the Windrunner was reasonably priced and readily available. After its debut, the silhouette also took some of Nike’s most cherished decorative accents, like elephant print, resulting in added street appeal.