Half a million years ago, humans were able to walk and run in an upright position. However, it was not until about 50,000 years ago that humans knew how to use animal skins to make some simple clothes and shoes. In more intense sports, such as battles between tribes, bark, rattan, and animal skins were tied under the feet to cover them up in order to run faster. These shoes worn during production, battle, or even when escaping from natural disasters or wild animals, can be called early human sports shoes.
Until the birth of rubber soles more than 100 years ago, officially opened a new chapter in the rapid development of sport shoes! In these 100 years, there are many sports shoes technology innovations, but also some technology was eliminated. Some brands from the rise to fall, there are also some brands from the foundation to the present still active in the world of sports shoes. The following is a chronology of what athletic shoes have experienced in the last 100 years or so.
In 1899, Irish-American Humphrey O’Sullivan became the patent holder of the elastic rubber sole, an invention that laid a solid foundation for the future development of sneakers.
In 1906, New Balance was founded, but at that time, the main business was only arch supports, and it was 50 years later that New Balance bagan to manufacture professional sports shoes for the local area.
In 1908, the Converse Rubber Shoe Company was founded and began the industrialization of mass production of sports shoes.
In 1917, the American company Keds became the first manufacturer who was then recognized as mass-producing sneakers in the true sense of the word. Because these sneakers barely made any sound when walking, some American announcement companies called it ‘sneaker’ (sneaky person). From that year on, ‘sneaker’ became synonymous with sports shoes. In the same year, Converse launched the world’s first pair of basketball shoes, the All Star.
In 1948, the two brothers who founded the Dassler brothers’ shoe factory formally split up due to disagreement. The older brother Rudolf Dassler opened Rudolf Dassler Schuhfabrik (the predecessor of Puma), while the younger brother Adolf Dassler founded Adidas.
In 1964, Blue Ribbon Sports was founded (predecessor of nike), and the business initially represented Onitsuka Tiger sports shoes.
In 1971, due to credit policy restrictions, Blue Ribbon Sports was founded to end the cooperation with Onitsuka Tiger. After the creation of NIKE, and spent $ 35 to design the classic nike logo.
In 1982, NIKE’s first pair of basketball shoes Air Force 1 was born, which is the first pair of built-in air cushion basketball shoes.
In 1984, NIKE signed with Chicago Bulls rookie Michael Jordan, and the Air Jordan was born.
In 2003, NIKE acquired Converse for $305 million.
In 2005, adidas acquired Reebok, becoming the only sports giant in the world that can compete with NIKE.
The development of sports shoes has never paused in its steps. Let’s witness the future development of sports shoes together.