Throwback Thursday – Running clothes of the past

I had a lot of fun putting together this post.  I searched for some ads for vintage running clothes and I’ve got some of the best and I also found some pictures of random people sporting those lovely outfits.

Here’s the thing.  If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s that fashion repeats itself, it really does…..and people, we are in trouble more specifically, men.

I can almost see junk.  That is not a good thing.

I can almost see junk. That is not a good thing.  I’m pretty sure these shorts are grounds for divorce.

These next two ads are from the Adidas Love Your Body Flash Adidas campaign.


What is around that dude’s neck? I’d say a cooling towel but this is like 1983 or something….

adidas ad

Okay, I will admit, I had a shirt just like this.

Here are a few vintage Nike ads:

nike ad

Do you think the guy in this ad is channeling his inner Pre?

vintage nike 2

This is a vintage nike ad. Does anyone else find it odd that her socks look so white and her shoes look dirty as all hell?

Puma was very popular back in the day.   I always associated them with tennis but apparently they had running clothes as well.

Vintage Puma

Check out that headband! Rad!  I always tuck in my shirt when I run, how about you?

I’m pretty sure those type of shorts are gonna make a huge comeback.

vintage running shorts

You can actually buy these retro and vintage shorts all over etsy.

I don’t remember this ad for adidas but isn’t this Brooke Shields?

It's not really a running ad but I found it interesting.

I don’t remember this farm team campaign, it’s from around 1987.

Check out this vintage Adidas ad.  It’s pretty old.  Adidas has been around a long time.

This ad is fairly old.  Adidas has been around a long time.

Why do all the male models look so cheesy?   Do you think the photographer said, “Okay guys now do your running pose” and what is with the fist?

adidas usa

And last but not least is my favorite of all the pictures I found because I’m pretty sure I sported this look for all of my elementary school years.

I have had a love affair with tube socks my entire life.

I have had a love affair with tube socks my entire life.

I miss my tube socks and track shorts….I think we should bring that look back.  I’d totally wear them both.

What was your favorite article of running clothing from back in the day?
Did you wear tube socks?

7 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – Running clothes of the past

  1. Where did you find that picture of thr woman with the clean socks? 🙂 I am looking to where that ad originated from and who the athlete in the pic is. I have the original and it has held special motivational meaning to me for about 30 years. lol. I cannot locate where i first found it and would like to have the details of it now. 🙂 Thanks!

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