Sneakers have quite a history. In the late 1700s, there was a rubber-soled foot covering called plimsolls. These were a pretty early prototype of shoes though - they didn’t even have left and right sides. By the late 1800s, a company called the U.S. Rubber Company released a shoe with a more pleasant fit. The soles were still rubber, but the tops were made of canvas. They called these shoes Keds. Just a few years later, Keds began to be manufactured widely. The term sneakers came to be because they were so muted, that someone could sneak around.
The same year that Keds went into mass production, Marquis Converse manufactured the first basketball-specific shoe, naming it the Converse All-Stars. An Indiana basketball celebrity named Chuck Taylor soon personally endorsed the shoe, and people began referring to them as Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Until this day, these shoes hold the place of the best-selling basketball shoes.
Sneakers Went Worldwide
In 1924, sneakers began to be popular throughout the world. This is when Adi Dassler, a German, decided to start a brand that he named after himself. Thus, Adidas was born. The name became well recognized, soon becoming the favorite athletic shoe. Jessie Owens, an Olympic athlete, wore Adidas when he earned four gold medals in 1936. Puma was a brand that soon rose as well in the hands of Rudi, Adi’s brother.
Back in those days, athletic shoes were used for sports. In the past 60 or so years, though, it became a trend to simply wear them for fashion. After James Dean’s character in Rebel WIthout a Cause, it became even more widespread.
By the 1980s, Michael Jordan had pledged to endorse Nike’s Air Jordans. Now, nearly everyone recognizes Air Jordans, regardless of whether or not they are a sneakerhead. Though Jordan’s contract with Nike has long come to an end, these shoes remain best sellers. The competition among sneaker manufacturers has intensified, leading to each wanting to have something special. Some may completely redesign the sneaker, some may make it more comfortable, or even remove something, like shoelaces. Soon, sneakers for every purpose began hitting the market. Whether you play football, run, skateboard, or cross train - there is a sneaker for you.
There are constantly updates when it comes to sneaker technology. Some produce their sneakers with small pockets of air for more cushioning, or insert springs into the sole of the shoe to reduce the force that is exerted on your foot as you come down. Such great shoe technology is not without a price. These shoes can cost over a hundred bucks for a single pair!
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