A Few Crazy Facts About Sneakers
Shoes. Kicks. Sneakers. Whatever you call them, footwear has been around for tens of thousands of years. At The Superior Gang, we have a bit of an obsession with footwear. So we decided to share a few interesting facts about shoes that will make those dope sneakers seem even doper.
Did Kanye Steal The Yeezy From The First Shoe?
Evidence of people wearing shoes begins to show up around 40,000 years ago, but it wasn’t until about 15,000 years ago that people regularly wore shoes across populations. These original kicks were soft and made from leather that wrapped around the foot and sewed together across the top of the foot - kind of like a first generation moccasin. If you ask us, that seam running down the middle almost makes it look like a Yeezy.
Fashion By Law?
For centuries, ruling kings and queens were the ones to decide what shoes could and could not be worn by nobility and commoners. Henry VIII, who ruled England in the 16th century, wanted all shoes to be made at least six inches wide. This was due to the fact that the king had a bad case of gout, and needed room in his own shoes for his big nasty feet - so he wanted to normalize giant shoes so he didn’t feel bad (probably, we’re not historians). Unrelated to shoes, he also made a law that all men wear their hair short - and considering that Henry was as bald as a newborn baby, it sounds like these laws came from a place of pettiness and insecurity.
Ladies and Gents
It wasn’t until the 1800s that men’s and women’s shoes began to look different. Suddenly, the heel, color, and toe shape were all different. Men’s and women’s shoes both had high heels for centuries to function as a status symbol. But during this time, the heels on men’s shoes shrunk to be about an inch high.
Left and Right
For how much the aesthetic of shoes changed between the first shoe and the mid-1800s, they still took forever to realize that left and right shoes should be different. Until that point, shoes were just made straight so they could be worn on either foot. Sometimes around 1850, people started wearing left shoes on their left feet, and right shoes on their right feet.
Talk About Limited Edition
The most expensive pair of shoes ever sold went for $660,000. No, they weren’t a pair of gold Yeezys. These pricey kicks were actually the Ruby Slippers that Judy Garland wore in The Wizard Of Oz and were sold at an auction. And remember those limited edition Back To The Future self-lacing shoes that Nike made? Those only reached about $100,000 at auction.
Rubber soled shoes like we know today didn’t come around until 1917 - and get this, they were Keds! These shoes didn’t immediately become popular, but the inventor gave them the name “Sneakers” which we still use today, thanks to how you could quietly sneak around while wearing them.
Sneakers really took off in 1923, when a German guy named Adi Dassler created a shoe and named it after himself - Adidas. The brand really became famous when Jesse Owens won 4 Olympic gold medals while wearing Adidas in 1936.
The Superior Gang Has All Your Exclusive Shoes
Okay, maybe we don’t have the original Wizard Of Oz Ruby Slippers available to sell you, but we have everything from Roshes to Air Huaraches to Yeezy sneakers for sale. Check out our full selection of urban sneakers and exclusive shoes today!