“I wore my sneakers but I’m not a sneak. This Run-DMC lyric from the song “My Adidas” came out about a hundred years after the term :sneakers” was coined. Contrary to popular belief, the word sneakers wasn’t invented by Keds, but emerged from the fact that rubber-soled shoes were perfect for sneaking around noiselessly. Patrick Kent, a petty criminal, said in an 1887 newspaper interview that rubber-soled shoes were a necessity for criminals who wanted to successfully sneak up on people. However, the owners of Guyer’s Shoe Store disagreed, running an advertisement that claimed, “A man is not necessarily a sneak because he wears sneakers.”