Basketball, one of the most important sports in sneaker culture, was invented in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the very same town where Charles Goodyear had developed vulcanized rubber fifty years earlier.

Vans Low-top

Skateboarding requires shoes with hardwearing soles thick enough to withstand high-speed contact with pavement, yet responsive enough to let the rider feel the

adidas Campus

Adidas introduced the Campus in the late 1970s as a low-top basketball shoe, but the shoe was soon embraced by West Coast skateboarders.


In the mid-twentieth century, surfers on the West Coast of the United States took to the relatively new sport of skateboarding when the waves were flat.