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5 Obscure Sneaker Labels Worth Collecting

Featured, Sneaker Picks  /   /  By Highsnobiety

Today our guest bloggers are the sneaker experts at Highsnobiety.

If you’re looking for a nostalgic approach to your sneaker game, we’re here to remind you that there is so much more under the rainbow than Nike and adidas. While you might have a super tough time copping the Apple kicks pictured above, eBay will certainly provide some nice hook-ups in terms of lesser-known brands like Diadora, AND1, Etonic, KangaROOS and LA Gear. Peep the full list below.

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1. Diadora

In its heyday, Diadora was sponsoring major sports teams, cranking out athletic gear and footwear, and generally holding its own as an athleticwear contender. Today, Diadora sneakers are seen as relics, except when the brand is tapped by niche companies like Amsterdam’s Patta (pictured) or Scottish retailer Hanon. You can scan through eBay for a great selection of Diadora kicks. Buy here.

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2. AND1

I’m not sure about you guys, but I fiended after AND1 kicks to wear in gym class. Heavily rooted in basketball, the brand has mostly been eclipsed since the 90s and early 2000s, yet still remains in our memories. Buy here.

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3. Etonic

While the brand specializes in bowling shoes and golf shoes today, Etonic has a strong heritage of runners in its catalog. With standout models like the ER1500 and K1200, the brand seems like it could be in prime position for a resurgence, given the currently popularity of sneakers and trainers. Buy here.

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4. KangaROOS

This American (not Australian, I was just as surprised as you probably are now) brand serves up some pretty killer silhouettes, if you can get over the corny name. Popular in a wide range of athletic pursuits, not limited to American football, basketball, tennis, and track & field, the brand even makes use of technology that was tested by NASA at one point. Buy here.

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5. LA Gear

The namesake of this brand is a little less confusing than KangaROOS. LA Gear was founded in Los Angeles, by the same individual that went on to found sketchers. A number of celebrity and athlete endorsements led LA Gear to big things, however it has faded slightly into obscurity. Buy here.

Interested in more rare sneaker finds from obscure brands on eBay? See our Stand Out collection.

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