What do you know about sneakers? It is such a big and fascinating industry! New releases come about every week! New exciting collaborations and contracts come to be, sometimes unannounced. Sometimes there are simple yet mind-blowing facts you did not know about sneakers. Be ready to be amazed!
1. Phil Knight, founders of Nike, wanted to call the brand "Dimension 6".
2. LeBron James was almost a Rebook athlete.
3. In 1990, 80,000 Nike shoes were lost at sea.
4. In biblical times, shoe were used in bargains and contracts.
5. Shoe addiction is a thing. The pre-frontal cortex in the brain gets triggered when you see a shoe you like, this part of the brain is called the collectors spot.
6. Sneakers got their name because the rubber soles do not make any noise. It enables people to walk or “sneak” around without making a sound.
7. Jordans are released on Saturdays so that kids don't skip school to get them.
8. Michael Jordan wanted to sign with adidas in 1984, not Nike.
9. Reebok is actually named after an African Gazelle.
10. Shoes in your dreams are said to represent the way you approach life.
11. In 2005, Reebok pulled a 50 Cent commercial because it showed 50 counting from one to nine, referring to the nine times he got shot.
12. The Puma Clyde is first true signature sneaker.
13. A pair of 1972 Nike running shoes called the 'Waffle Shoe' became the most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction, selling for a total price at $475,500.
14. Shoes are the reason why our toes are weaker than our predecessors and have lost their ability to grip objects.
15. The Air Force 1 was the first basketball shoe to use Nike Air technology when it debuted in 1982.
16. The management team that resurrected Adidas in the ’90s was made up primarily of former Nike executives.
17. Reebok signed Allen Iverson to a lifetime contract on November 28, 2001.
18. Jacob The Jeweler created a diamond-encrusted Allen Iverson “Question” sneaker with 246 white-gold diamonds.
19. Asics is an acronym for the Latin phrase "Anima Sana in Corpore Sano," which translates to a "sound mind in a sound body."
20. By dividing the model number by 10, you can determine the approximate retail price of a New Balance sneaker.
21. Sneakers priced over $100 made up only $611 million of the $8 billion that customers spent on footwear during 2005.
22. Carolyn Davidson, the Portland State University graphic design student who designed the Nike Swoosh in 1971, was originally paid a fee of $35.
23. The Jordan XX was inspired by a trumpet factory.
24. A Jordan 1.5 exists.
25. Stan Smith is known for something other than his signature shoe or being a tennis legend: his moustache.
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