Believe it or not, sneakers have been around since the late 1800s, when the US Rubber Company came up with a canvas topped shoe with rubber bottom . It’s not the Converse All Stars, although those were soon to follow, but Keds, which are still a favorite for many. At first, the sneaker was thought of as a sports only clothing item, but it gained popularity as an everyday fashion accessory, particularly when James Dean wore sneakers in Rebel Without a Cause. Today, sneakers have taken many forms, from the high top basketball to the chic runner and have made a presence at weddings, red carpet events and well, of course, on the feet of many athletes.
Check out some of the variations on the original and see how the sneaker continues to be a versatile fashion go to.