This style of footwear also became prominent in America at the turn of the 20th century, where they were called 'sneakers'. Hip hop artists sign million dollar deals with major brands such as Nike, Adidas, or Puma to promote their shoes. Foster and Sons designed and produced the first shoes designed for running in ; the shoes were spiked to allow for greater traction and speed. As the industry and designs have expanded, the term "athletic shoes" is based more on the design of the bottom of the shoe than the aesthetics of the top of the shoe.
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The word was already in use at least as early as , as the Boston Journal made reference to "sneakers" as "the name boys give to tennis shoes.
Someone wearing sneakers could "sneak up" on someone while someone wearing standards could not. Earlier, the name "sneaks" had been used by prison inmates to refer to warders because of the rubber-soled shoes they wore. These shoes acquired the nickname 'plimsoll' in the s, derived according to Nicholette Jones' book The Plimsoll Sensation , from the coloured horizontal band joining the upper to the sole, which resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship's hull.
Alternatively, just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole, the wearer would get wet. Plimsolls were widely worn by vacationers and also began to be worn by sportsmen on the tennis and croquet courts for their comfort.
Special soles with engraved patterns to increase the surface grip of the shoe were developed, and these were ordered in bulk for the use of the British Army. Athletic shoes were increasingly used for leisure and outdoor activities at the turn of the 20th century - plimsolls were even found with the ill-fated Scott Antarctic expedition of Plimsolls were commonly worn by pupils in schools' physical education lessons in the UK from the s until the early s.
Foster and Sons designed and produced the first shoes designed for running in ; the shoes were spiked to allow for greater traction and speed. The company sold its high-quality handmade running shoes to athletes around the world, eventually receiving a contract for the manufacture of running shoes for the British team in the Summer Olympics.
Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell won the m and m events, kitted out with Foster's running gear. This style of footwear also became prominent in America at the turn of the 20th century, where they were called 'sneakers'. In , the U. Rubber Company introduced the first rubber-soled shoes in the country, sparking a surge in demand and production.
The first basketball shoes were designed by Spalding as early as During the interwar period , athletic shoes began to be marketed for different sports, and differentiated designs were made available for men and women.
Athletic shoes were used by competing athletes at the Olympics , helping to popularise athletic shoes among the general public. In , a French brand, Spring Court,  marketed the first canvas tennis shoe featuring signature eight ventilation channels on a vulcanised natural rubber sole. Adolf "Adi" Dassler began producing his own sports shoes in his mother's wash kitchen in Herzogenaurach , Bavaria , after his return from World War I , and went on to establish one of the leading athletic shoe manufacturers, Adidas.
During the s, leisure opportunities greatly expanded, and children and adolescents began to wear sneakers as school dress codes relaxed. Sneaker sales rose so high, they began to adversely impact on the sales of conventional leather shoes, leading to a fierce advertising war for market share in the late '50s. In the s, jogging for exercise became increasingly popular, and trainers designed specifically for comfort while jogging sold well. Companies also started to target some of their products at the casual fashion market.
Soon, shoes were available for football, jogging, basketball, running , etc. Many sports had their relevant shoe, made possible by podiatrist development of athletic shoe technology. During the s, shoe companies perfected their fashion and marketing skills. Sports endorsements with famous athletes grew larger, and marketing budgets went through the roof.
Sneakers became a fashion statement and were marketed as a definition of identity and personality rather than simply athletic aids. From 5 models over models to 3, , the number of sport shoe models in the U. The term 'athletic shoes' is typically used for shoes utilized for jogging or road running and indoor sports such as basketball , but tends to exclude shoes for sports played on grass such as association football and rugby football , which are generally known in North America as ' cleats ' and in British English as "boots".
Attributes of an athletic shoe include a flexible sole, appropriate tread for the function, and ability to absorb impact. As the industry and designs have expanded, the term "athletic shoes" is based more on the design of the bottom of the shoe than the aesthetics of the top of the shoe.
Today's designs include sandals, Mary Janes , and even elevated styles suitable for running, dancing, and jumping. The shoes themselves are made of flexible compounds, typically featuring a sole made of dense rubber. While the original design was basic, manufacturers have since tailored athletic shoes for their specific purposes.
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