1860
1917
1936
1970s
1985
2015
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1860
These Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood running shoes are thought to be the oldest in existence.
[Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood / Running shoe, 1860-65 / Northampton Museums and Art Gallery]
1917
The All Star was originally introduced as an indoor gym shoe in 1917, and it became an American mainstay once it was promoted by basketball coach Chuck Taylor in 1921.
[Converse Rubber Shoe Company / All Star/Non Skid, 1917 / Converse Archives]
1936
Future Adidas founder Adolf Adi Dassler gave a pair of sneakers similar to these spiked running shoes to record-breaking Olympian Jesse Owens during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
[Gebruder Dassler Schuhfabrik / Modell Waitzer, 1936 / adidas AG]
1970s
When New York Knicks legend Walt Clyde Frazier was looking for a pair of custom Suedes, Puma redesigned the shoe for him and dubbed it the Clyde.
[Puma / Suede, ca. 1970s / Northampton Museums and Art Gallery]
1985
Michael Jordan was fined during every game of the 1984 NBA season for wearing the Air Jordan I in colors that didn't conform to NBA uniform rules.
[Nike / Air Jordan I, 1985 / Kosow Sneaker Museum
2015
Minimalist brand Common Projects is defined by high quality materials and the cryptic numbering system stamped in gold on the quarters of the shoes.
[Common Projects / Achilles Low, 2015 / Common Projects Archives]
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