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Everything You Didn’t Know About Sneaker Shoes

Sneaker shoes were dubbed sneakers because wearing them allowed you to easily sneak up on someone. The shoe's history goes way back to the 18th century. Back then, people used to wear rubber soled shoes, known as plimsolls, which had no left or right foot.

Around 1892, the United States Rubber Company developed more comfortable rubber shoes with canvas tops known as Keds. That same year, Marquis Converse released the first basketball-specific sneaker, the Converse All-Stars. Chuck Taylor, an Indiana basketball player, sponsored the shoes in 1923, and they became known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars. These are the all-time best-selling basketball sneaker shoes.

Sneakers made their international debut in 1924. That's when a German called Adi Dassler designed a sneaker he named Adidas after himself. This brand quickly became the world's most popular athletic shoe. It’s the same shoes that Jessie Owens wore in the 1936 Olympics after going ahead to win four gold medals. Adi's brother Rudi followed in his footsteps and founded another well-known sports shoe brand, Puma.

Sports shoes were generally worn to play sports throughout the first part of the twentieth century. However, in the 1950s, children began to wear them as a fashion statement. After witnessing James Dean in sneakers in the renowned film Rebel Without a Cause, many more teenagers joined the sneaker craze.

Sneaker sales skyrocketed in 1984 when Michael Jordan agreed to wear a Nike shoe dubbed Air Jordans, the most renowned sneaker ever created. Even after he retired from the NBA, the Jordan sneaker shoes have continued to remain popular. As brands such as Nike, Reebok, and Adidas came into the scene, competition increased, marking the beginning of the evolution of the appearance of sneakers. Shoes started to have more bright colors, and others discarded the use of laces. As time went by, sneaker shoes began to be made for every sport, including walking, skating, and "cross-training."

With the emergence of new shoe technology, performance improved. Nike's Air Force utilized small pockets of gas and cotton to improve cushioning, while Reebok produced The Pump, which blasted air into shoes to help them fit better.

Main Types of Sneakers

Sneaker shoes mostly vary depending on the design and material. Major types include:

  1. Knitted
    sneaker shoes Wearing tailor-made sneaker shoes was formerly considered outdated, but they are now regarded as royal and luxurious. You can match these footwear with a suit, jeans, or pants, or even for business occasions.
  2. High tops
    High-top sneakers look great on the basketball floor or the cricket field. Their functionality, smoothness, and fantastic party-like appearance have made this new category highly stylish and trending.
  3. Athletics
    These sports shoes include Skechers, and New Balance are most comfortable for working out or going to the gym, hence popular among both men and women.
  4. Slip-ons
    These are laceless and simple to wear, making them ideal for guys who appreciate style, comfort, and simplicity. They have a simplistic and trendy appearance and come in a variety of colors, such as navy blue, purple, black, and even light pastel tints.
  5. Denims
    Going double denim with vans can be quite a bold and adventurous move. These are inexpensive and will make you seem elegant and stylish when paired with jeans.
  6. Velcro
    The coolest thing about these sneaker shoes, like those from Geox, is that you don't have to deal with the inconvenience of tying laces now and then. Velcro shoes add a subtle touch of elegance and fashion to a casual look.


Sneakers that are smart, elegant, trendy, and sophisticated are an important element of any modern wardrobe. They are versatile and adaptable and are a must-have for everyone. You can choose from different brands that produce sneaker shoes of varying materials, including synthetic leather, cotton, textile, and suede.