Whether you realize it or not, sneaker culture is a very important part of life for many Americans. They are one thing that transcends race, gender, and socio-economic status. The brands are famous and are featured everywhere from on the court, to on the runway.
What we have here today is a list of the 25 most influential sneakers of all-time. Now, you might be thinking it’s going to be all brightly colored Nikes. There’s some of that, but it’s not just limited to basketball shoes or shoes that are featured in music videos.
That’s the point. Everyone wears sneakers, of one kind of another. Going to the store: sneakers. Working out: sneakers. Going hiking: sneakers. See? Everyone has a pair in their closet, no matter who they are.
So, flip through this slideshow and take a look. There’s at least one pair of shoes on this list that you have owned, guaranteed.
25. Nike Air Foamposite (1997)
In the mid-1990’s your typical basketball shoe was made up of leather, mesh, and suede. Then Nike did what Nike does and shook things up. Nike introduced the Nike Air Foamposite, which was made of a lightweight flexible synthetic material that didn’t crease.
Boom. Game changer. It didn’t look like any other shoe on the market either. Space-age technology in a space-age looking shoe. These days you can find the Foamposite with all sorts of patterns on it but the material remains the same. A classic.
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