Sports Wednesday: 18-9-26 Shoes

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How important are sports shoes to you? I think the first brand name I ever wore were canvas Converse basketball shoes. Picture source for photo above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think the next shoes I liked and bought were the Stan Smith Adidas for tennis.

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Doesn’t it seem like such a long time ago when the sports shoe market was so small? The variety was limited too. Nike, Reebok, New Balance, and a myriad of others came later. They went from being simple shoes and fairly cheap to fashion statements that cost a pretty penny.

 

 

How about you? What was your entry shoe in this market? Do you have a favorite brand?

Trivia:

I didn’t know that Nike bought out Converse in 2003, did you?

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12 thoughts on “Sports Wednesday: 18-9-26 Shoes”

  1. I bought my first really nice running shoe ($100) after running in cheap shoes gave me shin splints. They lasted until my cat peed in them, some 5 years later. I think they were high end Champion.

    But I don’t pay that close attention to my shoes…

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  2. Converse is the only brand name I can recall from my childhood but I can’t remember ever having any myself, maybe one pair at some point. Growing up in Georgia, I went barefoot all summer and got my new pair of Buster Brown shoes for the school year starting after Labor Day. The objective was to try to have that pair last the entire school year. People today have so much stuff it is hard for them to really imagine what it means not to have stuff.

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  3. Bob Thompson:
    Converse is the only brand name I can recall from my childhood but I can’t remember ever having any myself, maybe one pair at some point. Growing up in Georgia, I went barefoot all summer and got my new pair of Buster Brown shoes for the school year starting after Labor Day. The objective was to try to have that pair last the entire school year. People today have so much stuff it is hard for them to really imagine what it means not to have stuff.

    Saddle shoes?

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  4. Stina:
    I bought my first really nice running shoe ($100) after running in cheap shoes gave me shin splints. They lasted until my cat peed in them, some 5 years later. I think they were high end Champion.

    But I don’t pay that close attention to my shoes…

    I didn’t realize Champion made shoes. I knew about clothes but not shoes.

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  5. Now you are triggering memories. In high school, I was not a high performance student grade wise but I was voted by my peers as most intellectual in the senior superlatives. In the yearbook picture with my female counterpart, I’m dressed in a black suit, the only one I had I’m sure, wearing black and white saddle oxfords. By this time, my material life had improved some compared to the war years.

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    Stina:
    I bought my first really nice running shoe ($100) after running in cheap shoes gave me shin splints. They lasted until my cat peed in them, some 5 years later. I think they were high end Champion.

    But I don’t pay that close attention to my shoes…

    I didn’t realize Champion made shoes. I knew about clothes but not shoes.

    They make good socks, too.

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  7. Stina:

    10 Cents:

    Stina:
    I bought my first really nice running shoe ($100) after running in cheap shoes gave me shin splints. They lasted until my cat peed in them, some 5 years later. I think they were high end Champion.

    But I don’t pay that close attention to my shoes…

    I didn’t realize Champion made shoes. I knew about clothes but not shoes.

    They make good socks, too.

    Socks will have to be another post.

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  8. EThompson:
    Keds! 🙂

    I completely forgot about Keds. I had a pair.

    From Wiki

     

    In 1916, U.S. Rubber, one of the original 12 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896,[4] consolidated 30 different shoe brand names to create one company. Initially, the brand name “Peds” was chosen for the company from the Latin word for feet, but the name was already trademarked. Keds was founded in 1916 and was later acquired by Stride Rite Corporation.[5][6] Because the shoes had a soft rubber sole, they became known as sneakers as the rubber soles allowed “sneaking around silently”.[7][8][9] By the early 1920s, the shoes were worn by Olympic soccer players, national and international tennis champions, and college athletes.[10] In 1926, the Keds Triumph shoe was introduced.

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