Let’s talk about sneakers. They create long lines outside stores with every new release and cause quips among teenage boys and grown men when discussing style choices. From ballers running to models strutting, these shoes have earned its stripes as a bonafide fashion statement.
Today, sneakers have become a money-making giant. Sneakerheads wait each other out just to get their hands on the latest drops. In 2012, Nike’s line of LeBron James sneakers made $300 million in American sales alone. Even high end labels like Christian Louboutin and Chanel have hopped on the bandwagon to pacify the market's demand.
With much hype surrounding these shoes, some probably wouldn’t have bothered to find out the history behind it. Did you, for instance, know that the first rubber shoes were created over 70 years before Chuck Taylor stepped into the scene? It’s quite obvious that sneakers have become a game changer, so in honor of that, we’ve fished out these nifty infographics that school us on how the shoes have evolved in the age of hip-hop.
Now if that isn't enough to satisfy you, here’s a roundup of the year’s most memorable sneakers.
Infographics from MTV and Styleite.com