Basketball shoes date back to the 1920s. If our grandparents still remember the first shoes worn on the basketball court, the original Chuck Taylor by Converse would likely come to mind. For more than 40 years the classic canvas tennis with rubber soles were the best-selling basketball shoe in the country, with sales topping 600 million pairs.
In the year 1908, the first basketball shoe originated from Malden, Massachusetts. The said shoe which was dubbed ‘Non Skids’ was made specifically for basketball players. In some specific aspects, the shoe quality is similar to what you’ll find in today’s air Jordan and Nike air zoom generation of basketball shoes.
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By the 1930’s, when basketball first debuted at the Berlin Olympics in 1936, they were prominently featured on the feet of basketball players from all nations. In the following decades, while Keds and other knockoff brands competed with Converse, no one could match their market share.
Adidas released the first player-endorsed basketball sneaker in 1971, marking the start of a new era in athlete-corporation collaboration.
In 1972, Nike released their first basketball sneakers, the Bruin and Blazer. Both were composed of leather and spawned a legacy. Nike Basketball continued to perfect the two styles as they released the Bruin and Blazer in suede and the Blazer Low in leather the next year. However, it wasn’t until 1982 when Nike introduced the Air Force 1.
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adidas first released the Superstar on the basketball court in 1970. The innovative technology of these shell-toe shoes gained recognition among NBA pro basketball players, and it’s easy to see why adidas Superstar became popular among the masses.