Did you know the term ‘sneakers’ was first coined in the 1880s? It was used to describe tennis shoes by young boys at the time. If you’re a big sneakers fan like us, you’re definitely in for a treat. Here are seven interesting facts about sneakers that every sneaker fan should know.
More about the Word ‘Sneakers’
The shoes were called sneakers because their rubber soles allowed wearers to sneak around without any noise. The word is more commonly used in the United States, New Zealand, and some parts of Canada. It’s commonly known as trainers or training shoes in British English and tennis shoes, runners, and running shoes in Australian English.
The Best-Selling Sneakers
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars is the best-selling sneakers ever. It was first marketed in 1917 and has since sold around 600 million pairs.
Don’t Step into the Viewing Box with Wrong Shoes
The big sneaker companies like Nike and Adidas often have viewing boxes in big sporting events like NBA finals and US Opens. Make sure not to step in these boxes wearing the shoes of a competitor. You might have to return barefoot. If you’re lucky enough, you could be asked to exchange your shoes with that of the brand.
Nike’s Air Force 1s
In 2005, Nike’s Air Force 1s contributed to $1 billion in sales with a profit margin of 70 percent. The shoes were designed by the designer Bruce Kilgore who came up with a new circular outsole pattern for the shoes.
The Nike Shoe Tragedy of 1990
On May 27, 1990, around 80,000 Nike sneakers fell into the Pacific Ocean when the ship Hansa Carrier got stuck in a storm between South Korea and Seattle. This tragedy is also known as ‘The Great Shoe Spill of 1990′. The shoes washed ashore six months after the incident in Northern America.
The First $100 Sneakers
The first-ever sneakers to cost as much as $100 were the New Balance 996. It was released in 1981. Although the price point may seem normal today, it was seen as a little crazy back then.
Air Jordan Killings
In 1990, the obsession of people with sneakers turned dark. There were a series of killings, shootings, and stabbing over sneakers. The most heart-wrenching tragedy of all was the murder of a 15-year-old boy, Micheal Eugene Thomas, over a pair of Air Jordans. The boy was strangled to death by a 17-year-old over a $115.50 pair of shoes he had owned for just two weeks.
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