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Sex: F
Type of clothing: Tretorn Tennis Shoes
When it was popular: late -70s to mid 80's
Description: There's a store called Tennis East in the Hamptons that features them as a "Popular retro shoe" so I guess I'm outdated (but I still love these tennies!). They were almost always white canvas with a slanted "U" design coming down off of the shoe lace area. My girlfriends and I all wore them starting like 1979 (8th grade) and definitely into high school (through 1983). We lived in the North Suburbs ("North Shore") of Chicago, so we may have been a little behind the times or else it was a mid-western thing, I don't know
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Jackie - April 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I graduated from highschool in 1983 and wore Tretorns up until 2002. They were so adorable and THE MOST COMFORTABLE sneakers EVER!! I heard they went out of business and I haven't been able to find them here in North East PA.
Beck - April 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Go to Not like the ones we wore but close.
kstar - May 06, 2009 - Report this comment
saw a pair in a fancy yuppie shop downtown Vancouver - $300! Loved the ones with various plaid patterns!
Beth L - August 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Tretorn has a website,, and you can still buy them...I just ordered a pair for my daughter!!! How Cool. I might order myself a pair too...I would love for tretorns to come back into style.
Dee Dee - March 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I had to get these in 1986 I would have been a total outcast. My first pair had the pink, then I got plaid ones later on. Then everyone was wearing Keds, ugh!
Leanne - October 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have my Tretorns from the 80's!...actually wearing them today! :)
Angela - January 02, 2011 - Report this comment
These were big among preppy girls in my junior high school in 1990-1991. I never saw them until then but I am sure it's a case of things coming later or not at all to the Midwest.
clar - March 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Sears carries them. Only 1 or 2 styles and colors for about 50 plus
Bee - September 28, 2019 - Report this comment
Does anyone recall how much Tretorn Nylites were in the mid/late 80s?
Kathryn - September 19, 2021 - Report this comment
Just bought a pair of classic TRETORN shoes at the thrift store for $5!

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