A History of Sneakers

Sneakers have evolved since the Gibson girl donned a pair to go ride her newfangled bicycle at the turn of the century.  No longer only worn by athletes on the court and kids in the schoolyard—sneakers are ever-present in fashion.  Designers embellish athletic footwear with luxury details previously reserved for couture clothing, and performance footwear companies complete them with the latest in fitness technology.  Originally published to accompany the article “Don’t Call Me A Sneakerhead” in Hue magazine, the below timeline traces the history of sneakers from 19th-century fitness to 21st-century high fashion.

A history of sneakers

Timeline sources: Brooklyn Museum of Art ‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture’. Interview with Ariele Elia and Colleen Hill from The Museum at FIT.

FIT’s Student Sneakerheads: