From running around breathless playing tag during recess to scurrying through huge crowds of people for your first grown-up job, one thing has remained the same – there’s a near-eternal need for a solid pair of sneaks to carry you through all the phases of life. And when it comes to the perfect kicks, we all run (!) through that mental checklist of must-have qualities we require in order to lace up and go. The ideal sporty footwear is stylish, comfy, and most importantly, will stand the test of time. There are a handful of sneakers that fall into this eternally-cool bucket: the New Balance “dad” shoe, a pair of checkerboard-print Vans, Nike’s streamlined Court Vision low-top, and anything emblazoned with Adidas’ three stripes.