Bringing together history, culture and hype, there’s hardly a shoe more iconic than the sneaker.
The first rubber-soled shoes, which appeared in the 1800s, were designed as a solution: athletes needed footwear that was both flexible and durable. Since then, sneakers have been closely entwined with the world of sports like a pair of shoelaces. In fact, a sneaker’s iconic status was often cemented by a pivotal moment — or figure — in sports history.
Today, much of that history is overshadowed by hype. Riding on the streetwear wave, fashion brands like Dior and Prada have taken it upon themselves to reinterpret classic sneaker styles, throwing in a logo or a monogram and calling it day. Game-changing trainers by the likes of Nike and Adidas are constantly reissued, only to be championed by clout chasers and paraded around by celebrities younger than the shoes themselves (we’re looking at you, Kylie Jenner).
Still, if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, it is the sneaker’s power to inspire and captivate the masses. Below, we take a look of some famous designs that did — and why any self-respecting sneakerhead should have them to their collections.
[Hero and Featured Image Credit: Nike]
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