Sneakers have transformed our world. Created in the 18th century, the rubber soled shoes were known for helping people get around quietly, resulting in the name, sneakers. Initially, sneakers were quite a pain to wear and were made solely for labor-intensive activities and athletic endeavors. Thankfully, much has changed since then and sneakers have become iconic fashion statements and a staple in almost everyone’s wardrobe.
“Imagine dipping your foot into sticky, melted rubber.” To this day, sneakers are very popular. Sneakers are one of the most worn shoes out there. They have changed a lot throughout history, celebrities make the shoes popular, and the most sold, popular, worn shoes ever are converse. These are the reasons of why sneakers are a big hit with humans.
In the beginning, sneakers were made by Indians in Central and South America. These shoes were made from rubber and were most likely not the most comfortable shoes (pg.54 par. 1). As time swooshed past like an eagle scooping its prey, sneakers evolved and became more popular. They became more popular through sports, and sneaker heads.
Sneakers have come a long way from being just flimsy sandshoes over 3000 years ago. We now have protective outdoor shoes for hiking and mountain climbing. We have track running shoes for Olympic athletes and even track team runners in schools. We have basketball shoes that provide extra protection for your ankles so that you don’t get easy ankle sprains. Some people even have their entire lives dedicated to buying limited edition shoes from auctions and buying shoes that famous players wore in games. Shoes have come a long way.
While utilizing my “sociological imagination,” the first object that came to mind that is involved in a particular physical culture is Nike sneakers. These sneakers are extremely popular within casual wear, sportswear, exercise wear and in fashion. Nike sneakers are not just a personal behavior, but also highly influenced by society. Professional athletes wear this brand, which influences children who look up to them to want to wear them. Also, this brand endorses professional athletes, so basically the brand is paying them to wear their shoe to increase popularity.
When you hear the word sneakers, what do you think of? For me sneakers was a word that inspired me to be great. When i think of sneakers i think of people of a high caliber. For example, i think of Raf Simmons, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, kanye, and so many more. Fortunately, there's not only one way to view sneakers. Some people may see shoes as just a shoe, but others may see it as a culture and/or a way of life. At a young age i fell in love with sneakers. At the age of 12 i probably owned over 20 pairs of sneakers. I did this because i saw sneakers in a way that others didn't. For example, Jordan sneakers aren't just Jordan sneakers to me. This is because the men in my life have made very terrible decisions. For example, there was a point
I read this article which was about sneakers culture. The article was created by Patrick Johnson and Staff Writer. This article benefits people who are new to the sneaker culture or who is trying to get into the sneaker game. It tells you what you’re getting yourself into and what addiction people have over some shoes. It benefits companies too because the companies are making their money and they don’t care if you get hurt or end up getting arrested.
It all started with a Jumpman and a swoosh, it was more than just a shoe it was the start of a culture. What most people look at as just a shoe to protect their feet has a story behind it and a deeper meaning to me and many others than “just a pair of shoes”. Don’t put on a pair of shoes unless you know how to wear them right. For every pair I own I could explain the troubles I went through and the people I met to get each sneaker. The best feeling was opening that fresh shoe box and taking out that paper wrapping. Putting on each new pair of sneakers is like taking a breath of fresh air each pair crisp as bacon. I am one among many sneakerheads, people who love to buy, sell, trade, and collect rare shoes. There is a culture, lifestyle, and history behind sneaker collecting. Most people would think dropping hundreds if not thousands on a pair of shoes is crazy but I believe sneakers are essential.
The famous basketball shoe Air Jordan’s, are the number one shoe bought by consumers. The Air Jordan shoes originated from no one but the basketball star Michael Jordan. His shoes not only were a hit on the court, but also shortly became a fashion statement with years to come. Jordan took his skill on and off the court to further his business with his shoes.
One example of hip hop being sold to the general public is Kanye West’s Yeezy sneakers, Boost 350, who is one of the world’s most popular rappers currently. These sneakers were released by Adidas, its collaborator and retailer, and “crafted with beautiful premium material” with “Kanye West’s unmistakable aesthetic” that “provide “superior traction,” according to the Adidas website. These sneakers come in a variety of colors, including black, tan, grey, and just recently, a newer designed called the Yeezy Boost 350 V2, that adds a splash of other colors, such as red, navy green, and copper orange. Although these appear as a typical pair of sneakers with a more modern design, including a prominent sole and stitched exterior, it is clear that the reason these sneakers have become so popular, leading to its immediate sell-out at every release, is because of the popularity of its designer, and his music.
When were the modern sneakers introduced? It seems like they’ve been around forever! This is actually true! As stated in paragraph one of The History of Sneakers; “the Maya, Olmecs, And Aztecs of Central and South America made their own version of rubber soled shoes 3,000 years ago.” This means, sneakers haven’t been around just these past hundred years, but really as long as humans themselves.
NIKE, Inc. designs, develops, markets and sells footwear, apparel, and equipment, accessories and services. Its athletic footwear products are designed primarily for specific athletic use, although a large percentage of the products are worn for casual or leisure purposes. It focuses on NIKE Brand and Brand Jordan product offerings in seven key categories: running, basketball, football, men's training, women's training, NIKE sportswear, and action sports. It also markets product designed for kids, as well as for other athletic and recreational uses such as baseball, cricket, golf, lacrosse, outdoor activities, football, tennis, volleyball, walking, and wrestling.