Have you ever wondered what shoes people representing each season of the year would wear? In my opinion, winter would wear emu and colorful Mrs. Spring would come of course in colorful sneakers! It was thanks to her magic shoes that every inch of the earth she would set her foot on would flourish! Do you agree with me?
Sneakers have a history and it is longer than you might think.
Rubber soles, the essence of sneakers, were patented in 1832 by Wait Webster, but their production only started in 1980 in Great Britain. However, the first sneakers were produced in 1908 in the USA in to Marquisa M. Converse. They were called All Star and the product itself was intended for basketball players. The boots consisted of an immortal rubber sole and a black canvas upper. Sneakers gained popularity in the early 1920s, when Charles "Chuck" Taylor became the ambassador of the Converse brand - a basketball star and godfather of another iconic sneakers model. In the 1940s, the US Army ordered sneakers and made them training shoes. The soldiers appreciated the convenience and, after leaving the army, bought sneakers and wore them in their free time. In the next decade, sneakers rapidly gained in popularity. They were worn by all representatives of alternative views, musicians and athletes. Wearing sneakers has become an expression of freedom, opposition and revolutionary thought. Since the '70s, sneakers have lost their importance as sports shoes, however, they are still gaining strength as a synonym of rebellion but also comfort. And then, on April 5, 1994, in sneakers on his feet, Kurt Cobain died, and the role of sneakers as an expression of alternative thought grew stronger and took root.
And now it's time for a Polish accent! Do you know that sneakers were also produced in Poland in the 1930s? Yes! In Grudziądz, in the "PePeGe" company, from where the name of sneakers - pepegi, popular in Poland, comes from.
Currently, sneakers remain a mandatory hallmark of counterculture representatives as well as modern people living in large cities. Sneakers can be worn with jeans, a summer dress and even a suit! Everyone wears them from birth! They can be white, colored, wedge-heeled, ankle-high or without laces. Which would you choose for yourself?
Iconic white sneakers? They fit any styling and when they get dirty, be sure to wash them with whitening toothpaste! They will be like new!
Or maybe you prefer sweet as hard candies?
Or classic jeans?