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Throwback Kicks: 5 Of Our Favorite Aaliyah Sneaker Moments

This week marks the 14th anniversary of Aaliyah's passing. I still remember the exact moment when I heard of the tragic accident that took her life and I still remember how surreal it all was. Her death was something that not only shocked her family, friends, and fans, but the world. 14 years ago, Aaliyah was a star for our generation, and in many ways she still is - remaining ever so relevant and an iconic presence for new and old fans alike. In honor of her memory, we've selected a few of our favorite sneaker Aaliyah moments. From her tomboyish youth to the gloriously beautiful young woman she blossomed into, Aaliyah's style endures.  Take a look below.


5. Nike Air More Uptempo


4. Tommy Hilfiger Sport Slides


3. Puma Suede Classic



2. Adidas Superstar



1. Nike Air Max 98

Throwback Kicks: Cindy Crawford's 1990 Air Jordan Retro 5

Back in 1990, Will Smith was an up-and-coming actor who had just began filming a little sitcom called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Cindy Crawford was THE top model in the world and the host of a little sitcom on MTV called House of Style. Maybe you've heard of it?

Laughing so hard with @lifeaswillsmith. Talking sneakers and "Humpty Dumpty" for @mtv House of Style. #Mood

A video posted by Cindy Crawford (@cindycrawford) on

We were reminded of this moment is sneaker history after supermodel Cindy Crawford posted a small snippit of MTV’s House of Style, in which Cindy visited the fictional Banks mansion to catch up with a then 22-year-old Smith. Throughout the interview, the model and comedian take a short tour of the NBC stage set, but the highlight of the segment was undoubtedly when Cindy whipped out her own pair of the Jordan Retro 5.

Though many of you may not be old enough to remember House of Style, it was actually kind of a big a deal during the early '90s. Inspired by the supermodel craze that resulted in Cindy, Naomi, Linda, Elle and more, the program debuted in 1989 and captivated its audience with every aspect of the industry, including clothing, models' lives, social issues, and, of course profiling celebrities known for their unique style.

Watch below at the full segment.

Throwback Kicks: Mariah Carey 1993 Puma Suede Classics

When I think about my childhood there is one artist that immediately resonates with that time in my life. Her name is Mariah Carey and I loved her ever since she burst onto the scene with big hair like mine and black dress in the "Vision Of Love" video. That said, much of the 90's and early 2000's was dominated by Ms. Mariah and that big voice. One such song that still instantly transports me back in time is "Dreamlover." Released in July of 1993, "Dreamlover" was Mariah's first single from her Music Box LP and the video was as happy as fun-loving as you could get.


In between shots of crops, choreographed dances, and Mariah's coy smile, we peeped another little find: Mariah frolicking in fields in Puma Suede Classic sneakers.

Take a trip back courtesy of the video up top and click here to purchase your own pair of classic suedes.

Throwback Kicks: Whitney Houston's 1991 Nike Cortez Runners

As the first mass-produced Nike running shoe (it started in 1971, folks), the Nike Cortez has been a staple in every sneaker-lovers life since most of us were in diapers. I remember (read: saw a picture of and remember the picture) wearing my mother's far too big white and blues around the house when I was barely old enough to feed myself in my high chair. So, in honor of this upcoming July 4th holiday I wanted to pay homage to a true classic in a way that is both fitting and patriotic. What do you get when you combine the National Anthem, one of the nation's most cherished voices, and the iconic Cortez? January 27, 1991.


On January 27, 1991 Whitney Houston took to the field at Super Bowl XXV and delivered one of the greatest renditions of the "Star Spangled Banner" of all time. And she was rocking the Cortez. Tensions were high as the Gulf War began to take root and Whitney's stirring performance was just what the nation needed to boost its patriotic spirit. So much so, that her version of our national song was released as a single the very next month.

Take a look below at Whitney's performance in full and, if you're feeling the need to Shop The Sneaks, head to Champs to nab your red and whites.

Throwback Kicks: Beyoncé x Isabel Marant Concealed Wedge Sneakers

In 2011, Beyoncé was riding high following the release of her album 4. After four other singles were released, Beyonce opted to release visuals for the up-tempo "Love On Top" that pretty much launched a wave of wedge sneaker silhouettes and 1,000 Isabel Marant knock-offs. tumblr_m2rmdmvWA31qgmtmvo1_500

The Bekett leather and suede concealed wedge sneaker, which still sells well in 2015, can be purchased here.

Watch the video for "Love On Top" below and reminisce on the days when this song was Blue Ivy Carter's announcement to the world.

Throwback Kicks: Ciara x Nike Air Assault

In 2006 Ciara, known for her tomboyish style and love of complex dance moves, released the video to a song that would become a bit of an anthem for women while lending to audible groans from every man within the vicinity. In the visual, directed by Diane Martel, Ciara dresses "like a boy" clad in painted on tattoos, jewels, and...a rather vintage pair of Nike Air Assault sneakers.



Take a look at the full video, and Reggie Bush's fine self, below:

Throwback Kicks: Cassie x Air Jordan 1 'Black x Gold' 2003

Back in 2006, a fresh-faced beauty leaped onto the music scene and had us jamming to her R.Les produced single "Me & U" for a solid five months. That beauty is Cassie, and if you were a fan of the debut single from Diddy's number 1 girl you also probably remember her video for "Me & U." The visual, directed by Ray Kay, features a dance sequence by the singer/model clad in the very best in 2006 fashion and a nice nod to the 2003 release of the Air Jordan 1 'Black x Gold.' me-u-cassie-19372973-1280-576


Nice one, Cassandra.

Check out the video below: