These Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood running shoes are thought to be the oldest in existence.
[Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood / Running shoe, 1860-65 / Northampton Museums and Art Gallery]
The All Star was originally introduced as an indoor gym shoe in 1917, and it became an American mainstay once it was promoted by basketball coach Chuck Taylor in 1921.
[Converse Rubber Shoe Company / All Star/Non Skid, 1917 / Converse Archives]
Future Adidas founder Adolf Adi Dassler gave a pair of sneakers similar to these spiked running shoes to record-breaking Olympian Jesse Owens during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
[Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik / Modell Waitzer, 1936 / adidas AG]
When New York Knicks legend Walt Clyde Frazier was looking for a pair of custom Suedes, Puma redesigned the shoe for him and dubbed it the Clyde.
[Puma / Suede, ca. 1970s / Northampton Museums and Art Gallery]
Michael Jordan was fined during every game of the 1984 NBA season for wearing the Air Jordan I in colors that didn't conform to NBA uniform rules. [Nike / Air Jordan I, 1985 / Nike Archives]
Minimalist brand Common Projects is defined by high quality materials and the cryptic numbering system stamped in gold on the quarters of the shoes.
[Common Projects / Achilles Low, 2015 / Common Projects Archives]