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The History of Red Sneakers

15 Mar

Red sneakers have a long and fulfilling history going back to the turn of the twentieth century. Wait? Turn of the twentieth century?

Yes, in fact the humble sneaker has a history as long as your car and longer than many of your most treasured items in your family’s household.

Many believe the earliest sneaker, including the red sneaker, go back as far as 1917 to the basketball player, Chuck Taylor’s famous design. However, this is incorrect, the red sneaker goes back even further to as early as 1907, to the invention of vulcanized rubber by Charles Goodyear, almost immediately afterwards companies began producing athletics shoes of various designs and varieties.

However, Chuck Taylor can in fact trace red canvas sneakers back to the famous design in 1917, who suggested the canvas sneaks design when he was playing basketball professionally. In 1916, a company called Keds began producing sneakers, one of which was Red Keds. Red Keds in fact were the first to use the term “sneakers” in reference to their shoes’ rubber soles ability to “sneak” around corners.

Since then sneakers, including the various red sneakers design have been a staple of teenage fashion. Whether it is for their athletic uses or through the use of various subcultures among teenage fashion populaces, sneakers have become a commonplace sight on many school campuses. Since the 1980s and 1990s teenagers among the “punk” and “Goth” subcultures of teenage students have been wearing sneakers such as Red Keds due to both their simplicity and variety of design.

Many famous wearers of red canvas sneakers include Led Zeppelin, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, and more. These have increased the exposure of the sneaker design among the teenage and other populaces in the fashion industry. Leading to their use in the casual shoe industry among followers of fashion trends. Today many teenagers wear them as a symbol of pride and solidarity among their peers.

However, red sneakers are still popular in their intended use in the field of athletics. Their rubber soles allow for continuous use on surfaces such as basketball courts and their canvas lining provides an aerated atmosphere for one’s feet to feel comfortable in playing. Ever since that first endorsement sneakers of all kinds have been a staple of basketball and basketball culture among the teenage fashion trends. Red sneakers in particular are a particularly fashionable version of the classic red canvas sneaks design. Sports endorsers are bigger and better, increasing the marketing and exposure of these shoes among the athletics fashion populaces.

Therefore, whether one wears them for fashion or for practicality a pair of red keds or red canvas sneaks is the way to go for comfort and practicality. Use in both athletics and fashion keeps the sneaker at the forefront of clothing and fashion design and trending. The sneaker has come a long way in our time, and shows every sign of continuing on as strong as ever, and those original designs are still with us to this day.

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How did teenagers start wearing sneakers as a part of fashion?

16 Feb

Sneakers have been around a very long time. They started manufacturing sneakers in the late 18th century, but they did not coin the name “sneakers” until the year 1892. This is when the US Rubber company came out with Keds brand sneakers, made of canvas tops and rubber. Keds brand sneakers are still around today and if you have a pair, you can feel confident you are wearing the most historical sneaker ever created. The moniker sneakers came about because, when someone wore this type of shoe, they could sneak around without anyone hearing them walk; because of the rubber sole and canvas. People started calling the shoes, sneakers.

Sneakers started gaining momentum as with all types of athletes all over the world. In the year, 1917, Marquis Converse created a basketball sneaker, commonly called Converse All-Stars. Following Marquis’ creation, a basketball player by the name of Chuck Taylor endorsed Converse All-Stars, converting the name to Chuck Taylor’s. In 1924, Adi Dassler created a sneaker with the name, Adidas. Adi’s brother then created another sneaker, the puma. Sneakers are worn by the top players in sports, including being worn in the Olympics.

Sneakers being worn by the public started during the 50’s. This is when kids started wearing them as fashion statements, instead of to play a sport. In 1984, the sneakers trend hit an all time high with Michael Jordan wearing the Air Jordan’s. Nike and Reebok competed on the sneaker scene along with Adidas. Up sprung sneakers for every sport imaginable, including skateboarding, running and cross training. Sneaker companies started putting bright colors and unique designs on their sneakers to add to the competition.

Today, more and more sneaker manufacturers are making sneakers with amazing designs and even better features. There has been the Nike Air Force, using gas as a cushion to make the person wearing the sneaker jump and run faster, creating a type of bounce effect. Reebok came out with The Pump sneaker, in which you could pump air right into your sneaker, ensuring for a perfect fit every time.

Sneakers are a staple and I don’t know anybody who doesn’t have at least one pair of sneakers. Women, men, children and even babies wear sneakers. Sneakers come in all colors of the rainbow, from, pink to black, patterned and green, red and rainbow and everything in between. The features that come with sneakers nowadays are endless, some types of sneakers are great for runners, others are great for hikers; some are perfect for basketball players. The list could go on and on with how many different types of sneakers are in the market today.

The important thing is to remember how sneakers started, with a little known rubber and canvas shoe, the Keds sneaker. They are the shoe that started it all and they have lasted until the present day.

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