The World of Sneakers


By Julia C.                                                                                                             

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Everyone likes different things and dresses differently.  My web page is all about sneakers. I can give you information about sales in certain stores and tell you where to go if you want to buy  sneakers.  I will show you all different types of shoes so you can pick the right one and you can use the links that I give you to buy it at the website I found it at.  If you know an awesome store that sells sneakers or if you want to tell me about a sale, you can send me a comment and tell me about it.

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 If you're looking for cool shoes with low prices, Steve and Barry's is a great place to go to.  If you want to check out their website, go to www.steveandbarrys.com

You can also go to www.nike.com   for unique shoes that are awesome.
 

All Star Tear Away

    Converse released a type of sneaker called "Converse All Star Tear Away."  These shoes are unique because they have a print on the outside that you can tear away.  Under that layer there is a bright multi-colored print.  To buy your own, go to www.converse.com

 
The Most Expensive Pair of Sneakers
    Have you ever wondered what you would have to pay for the worlds most expensive pair of sneakers?  They're $50000!  They have encrusted diamonds and you can customize them to fit your personality.  You can choose from yellow, blue, white, gold, or platinum diamonds.  The Nike logo is cast in gold and adorned with 11-karat diamonds.  They are attached to the sneakers with gold stitching.  They were presented to Big Boi(rapper) at a launch party in late November.

    

The History of Sneakers


Sneakers go back a long way. In the late 18th century, people wore rubber soled shoes called plimsolls, but they were pretty crude—for one thing, there was no right foot or left foot. Around 1892, the U.S. Rubber Company came up with more comfortable rubber sneakers with canvas tops, called Keds. By 1917, these sneakers began to be mass produced. (They got the nickname sneakers because they were so quiet, a person wearing them could sneak up on someone.)

That same year, Marquis Converse produced the first shoe made just for basketball, called Converse All-Stars. In 1923, an Indiana hoops star named Chuck Taylor endorsed the shoes, and they became known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars. These are the best-selling basketball shoes of all time.

Sneakers Go Global

Sneakers went international in 1924. That’s when a German man named Adi Dassler created a sneaker that he named after himself: Adidas. This brand became the most popular athletic shoe in the world. Track star Jessie Owens wore Adidas when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Adi’s brother Rudi started up another famous sports shoe company: Puma.

During the first half of the 20th century, sports shoes were worn mostly to play sports. But in the 1950s, kids began wearing them as fashion statements. Even more teens followed the fad after seeing James Dean in sneakers in the popular movie Rebel Without a Cause.

Innovation at a Price

Sales of sneakers really took off in 1984, when Michael Jordan signed a contract to wear a Nike shoe called Air Jordans—the most famous sneaker ever made. Even after Jordan retired from the NBA, his shoes continued to be best sellers. As companies like Nike, Reebok and Adidas competed, they changed the way sneakers looked, adding wild colors and doing away with laces. Sneakers began to be produced for every sport, including walking, skateboarding and “cross training.”

New sneaker technologies increase performance. Nike’s Air Force used little pockets of gas to create better cushioning, while Reebok introduced The Pump—air pumped into shoes to make them fit more snugly. Sneaker surprises continue: Spira Footwear, for example, has built a spring in the soles to reduce foot stress. Of course, innovations like these come with a price: Athletic shoes often cost more than $100 a pair!

Character Sneakers 

    spongebob                       Spiderman

     

   Bart Simpson                            Willy Wonka


    Goofy                          The Nightmare Before Christmas