10 Facts That Every Sneakerhead Should Know

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Sneakers have become an important part of hip hop and rock 'n roll cultures since the 1970s. You think you knew all about sneakers? Think again.


1
The nickname "sneakers" came about because they were so quiet.

2
The first brand name of sneakers to be sold were Keds, followed by Converse in 1915.

3
Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike, used his kitchen waffle iron to make his first sole designs.

4
The creator of the Nike logo was paid $35 for it.

5
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld owns over 500 pairs of white sneakers.

6
In 1990, 80,000 pairs of Nikes fell off a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

7
Nike Air Force I is one of the best-selling sneakers of all time and it was never advertised.

8
Sales of Sport Footwear hit $22 billion at retail in the US in 2013.

9
Michael Jordan wanted to sign with Adidas in 1984, not Nike. He was a self-described "Adidas Nut."

10
Reebok almost signed LeBron James to a $75 million contract, until Nike snatched him up for $90 mil.