Millions of people wear sneakers every day. To work, to go on a jog, around the lawn, even to church sometimes – you can wear sneakers just about anywhere and fit in. So where did sneakers come from? What are the best sneakers to wear for running? For around the house? In this article, we will examine some general information and also give a brief history of sneakers.
Sneakers, also known as tennis shoes, have been around for quite a long time. Before 1892, shoes had mainly hard leather soles. This could be uncomfortable at times, especially when wearing them for long periods or when running. When the U.S. Rubber Company invented a pair of soft rubber soled shoes, they quickly became a hit. They earned the name ‘sneakers’ because one could walk so softly while wearing them that they could literally sneak up on someone if desired – not possible with their leather predecessors. These early sneakers were being produced across the country by 1917, and in 1924, they went global. Congratulations, America. A great innovation! Though produced widely, before 1950 these shoes were worn mainly by athletes during sports events. Then, during the 50’s, young people began wearing them casually, and by the mid 80’s, they were a worldwide fashion statement. Competition between major sneaker companies (Nike, Reebok, Adidas, etc.) began to produce innovations in sneaker comfort and special enhancements for sports use.
Now, there are literally hundreds of options to choose from. You can buy sneakers in any color or combination of color you like, and even have them custom made and custom fit. We have sneakers with springs for increased jump height and shock absorption. We have Dr. Scholls built-in gel soles for foot and back health. We have sneakers with leather on the outside for durability and style. And companies are still competing for the newest innovations in sneaker technology. So what are the best sneakers to wear in different circumstances? There are many to choose from, but here are a few suggestions:
If you’re looking for comfort and style, you can’t go wrong with good’ol Nike Air Force. You can get these in almost any color you like, and they are highly comfortable and durable. These shoes will last you a long time.
If you’re looking for running or athletic shoes, things get a bit more complicated. The shoes you need depend largely on the specific type of use they will see during their lifetime. How much do you run? What sport(s) do you play? You are going to want to use different shoes for basketball than you use for tennis, and different yet again for football. Shoe choices are also different for men and women, and there are tons of different companies and brand names to choose from. Some can be ordered in a shoe store, and some must be specially ordered online. The best advice is to go to a shoe store and ask for the best option to fit your needs.
If you are just looking for a pair of shoes to wear around the house, and you don’t have any special athletic, comfort, or durability needs – consider going to the local department store and buying one of their home brands. Though these shoes may not be as fancy, as durable, or as useful for athletes, they are inexpensive, they get the job done, and sometimes, they even look fairly good and stylish. I have worn through many a pair of $20 Wal-Mart sneakers in my day – and with an added $10 for Dr. Scholls, they are actually quite comfortable.
So there you have it: the lowdown on your lowest article of clothing – your sneakers. Now, you should be ready to go out and get a pair of your own pumped up kicks to wear proudly in whatever circumstance you need them.