A Brief History of the Iconic Sneaker

Court to Court:

A brief history of the ubiquitous tennis sneaker

Among the wardrobe essentials few articles of clothing are as iconic as a classic pair of sneakers. An entire cult of devoted idolators—sneakerheads—worship the classic footwear style.

The sneaker first gained popularity among tennis players in the 1930s. BF Goodrich manufactured the iconic Jack Purcell tennis shoe from the 1930s until 1972 when it was acquired by Converse. Luminaries such as James Dean and The Beatles can be seen sporting these canvas trainers.

By the 1970s tennis icons, Stan Smith and Rod Laver, would begin their long relationship with Adidas. Around this time the trends began shifting to a leather constructed sneaker and by the beginning of the 1980s Nike releases the best selling Air Force 1.

Rod Laver

Arguably the most versatile piece of footwear, a clean pair of sneakers possess the power to complete any look. Whether they're paired with gym attire or a suit, sneakers can be seen on the feet of anyone in any setting from informal to formal. Much like the blue jean, navy blazer, blue oxford, and white T-shirt, everyone should forever own a solid pair of fresh white sneakers. 

Moses Malone


Carrying The Legacy

Inkerman offers two classic-inspired styles with modern details, the Max and the Charlie. The Charlie pays homage to the tennis sneaker of yesteryear with its simple yet elegant minimalist design. The Max pays homage to the early basketball sneaker of the 80's with its sleek perforated design and premium leather upper. From Arthur Ash Stadium to The Barclay's Center, look your best for your next courtside appearance. 


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