Where did the sneakers come from? The history of the most popular sports shoes

Rubber revolution

Sole in sneakers - their most characteristic element - is made of rubber. The first idea to use this material for making shoes came Wait Webster in 1832. His idea turned out to be a hit, which is why he quickly patented it. The modern solution was used in sports shoes, which were eagerly worn by cyclists and used to play cricket. The idea of ​​making real sports shoes with a rubber soles dawned on Joseph Wiliam Foster's head. The founder of a small English manufactory, opened in 1890, saw the potential of rubber. His charisma has made small businesses recognizable and the Reebok brand is known today all over the world.

The birth of a star

The shoes Foster produced were not reminiscent of well-known sports models. The breakthrough date in the history of sneakers is 1908. In the United States Marquis M. Converse decided to create a pair of sports footwear for basketball players. He designed ankle-length, light boots with a thick rubber sole. Characteristic, white zelówka and the dark top of the material, plus the star on the ankle - this is how the first All Stars sneakers looked like. The brand's symbol has survived to this day. Looking at the shoes, we can recognize in a few seconds whether someone has an original, iconic Convers.

Road to the top

Trainers led to the heights of popularity Charles "Chuck" H. Taylor - basketball star. It was he who showed the world white soles on the basketball court floor. He agreed to advertise Conversy after making a few corrections to the original shoes. Next everything went very fast. Friends and friends, and above all, Chuck's fans wanted to have his favorite shoes on their feet. The world of sport has set a new trend, followed by the street quickly. Sneakers flooded cities in the USA.

Sneakers in the service of the homeland

The army appreciated the comfort and versatility of the sneakers. Shoes became a mandatory equipment for soldiers in the 40s and 50s of the last century. It turned out that the uniform wear footwear with a rubber sole also in civilian. Sneakers favorite army boots? It was a perfect and necessary recommendation for the Converse brand.

Rock'n'roll - sneakers in the hands of subcultures

In the 1950s and 1960s shoes were on the feet of youth from around the world, fascinated by new trends in music. Sneakers became a symbol of a cultural revolution and an important element of the flower power movement. Since then, shoes with a white rubber sole have been completely accepted by musical stars. In the following decades, members of the largest bands and soloists founded them for their concerts, meetings with fans or shopping. In Conversach in the 90s, among others, Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose. Currently, we can see them as a teenager's idol - Justin Bieber.

Sneakers in Poland

Sports shoes were produced in Poland in the 1930s by Stomil. The sneakers were the most popular footwear for hiking - hence their name: "Tramp" is a wanderer or a rover.

The history of sneakers is extremely fascinating. The idea of ​​how to effectively use rubber soles went round the world and came to the United States from Europe. Sports footwear from the basketball court quickly entered the mandatory equipment of the army, and soon become the favorite model of the stars. Today, the characteristic star on the ankle knows the whole world, and Convers is one of the most-wanted shoes.