10 Cool Facts About Sneakers

  1. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars, first marketed in 1917, are the all-time best-selling sneakers, with total sales nearing 600 million pairs.
  2. Michael Jordan wanted to sign with Adidas in 1984, not Nike. He was a self-described “Adidas nut,” and told his agent that if the deal was close he’d sign with them.
  3. The big sneaker companies such as Nike and Adidas own viewing boxes at most large sporting events like the U.S. Open and NBA Finals. However, should you step into their box wearing the sneakers of a competitor, you may be promptly asked to go barefoot – or offered to exchange your shoes temporarily for the host brand’s,
  4. Jerry Seinfeld owns over 50 pairs of mint-condition white sneakers.
  5. In 1990, 80,000 pairs of Nikes fell off in the pacific Ocean
  6. In 2005, Air Force 1s accounted for $1 billion in Nike sales and a profit margin of 70 percent.
  7. Asics is an acronym for the Latin phrase “Anima Sana In Corrpore Sano,” Which translates to a sound mind in a sound body
  8. Carolyn Davidson, the Portland State University graphic design student who designed the Nike Swoosh in 1971, was originally paid a fee of $35. In 1983, Nike gave her shares of its stock and a diamond ring featuring the Swoosh. She retired in 2000.
  9. The new balance 996 was the first running sneaker to cost $100 when it dropped in 1981.
  10. According to The New York Times, in the late 1800s, people started using the word sneakers because the rubber sole allowed you to “sneak” around without making a sound

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