Sunday, December 18, 2011

Introduction to sneakers (Via SOLE Collector 95')

I was cleaning out my closet the other day, and happen to come across an old SOLE Collector magazine dated from 1995. There was an amazing article inside which broke down the timeline of when sneakers started to really become mainstream. It stemed off from the early 1900's all the way through the present.

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-"Sneakers have become so much a part of mainstream culture in the last few years, but it's sad to think that not everyone knows (or cares to know) the origins of the sneaker, the culture surrounding it and how different everything has become with the advent of the internet.

Sneaker culture has been shaped by different events, but none more so than when the internet hit society in the early 1990's. The introduction of the internet ushered in a change throughout the entire world. The face of communications changed drastically, with data being transmitted across the globe in mere seconds. this led to faster communications across the world, and handwritten letters gave way to emails, encyclopedias gave way to search engines, and brick and mortar stores gave way to electronic commerce (e-commerce).

But what about the time before the internet existed? Were there sneaker collectors and enthusiasts, even back when sneakers were first being created? I wondered about this question a little while ago.
The internet has been a gateway that enabled the sneaker culture to grow on a worldwide basis, but it was healthy and growing even before that time."-