11. Gucci Tennis 84 (1984)
You may be wondering why this bland and boring shoe cracks our list of influential shoes. Because they’re Gucci, that’s why. No, we don’t get the plain design either, but in terms of influence, the Tennis 84’s are one of a kind.
They were the first ultra-premium sneaker on the market. These bad boys retailed at over $1000 per pair. With this release, the sneaker game went to a new audience and a new market. No, most of us would never be caught dead in something that ugly, but aren’t most luxury brands not aimed at the common man anyway?