When it all started
At some point in our lives, most of us have worn a pair of sneakers. You know those comfortable shoes that some of us wish we could wear every day, no matter the occasion, but do you know where sneakers come from?
These comfortable shoes go back as late as the 18th century when people wore rubber sole shoes called plimsolls… The downside? The plimsolls did not have a right foot or left foot (so much for comfort).
Luckily somewhere around 1892, the U. S Rubber company had the great idea to create a more comfortable design of the rubber sole sneaker with canvas tops known as Keds.
Keds started mass producing in 1917. A fun fact, these shoes got the nickname sneakers because they were so quiet that a person wearing them could sneak up on someone very easily.
It was also in 1917 that Marquis Converse produced the very first pair of shoes made for basketball (Converse All-Stars) which were later endorsed by basketball player Chuck Taylor.
The shoes were a big hit and were known as the Chuck Taylor All-Stars.
It was 1924 when a German national by the name of Adi Dassler produced the first Adidas sneakers. This new generation of athletic footwear became widely popular and more and more brands started to join the sneaker bandwagon market.
The sneakers of the first half of the 20th century were mostly worn to play sports, but it was the 1950’s when kids started to wear them and they became big fashion statements, even more so when iconic star James Dean wore a pair of sneakers during the filming of “Rebel Without a Cause”, which lead to a boom in the sneakers world.
Let’s fast forward to 1984 when world-famous basketball superstar Michael Jordan endorsed a Nike shoe that would be forever known as Air Jordans. They became the most wanted shoes on the market and became the most famous pair of sneakers ever made!
With the passing of time and with new technologies, more and more companies have developed and designed comfortable sneakers with and without laces.
Different designs and fashion colors are added every season. Lugz which is probably better known for their boots has a nice selection of fashionable sneakers like the Men’s Changeover II which is a classic design sneaker perfect for everyday wear.
Featuring a folded edge construction and jagger sole, the Changeover II, is comfortable, stylish, and offers wearers a nice looking sporty style pair of sneakers in a variety of colors that make these sports shoes easy to wear.
Lugs have kindly offered one lucky Jen’s Fun Finds reader, the chance to win a free pair of the Changeover II sneaker in color of choice.
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