The rivalry between Adidas and Puma became so fierce that the German town of Herzogenaurach (where both companies had their HQs) became known as “the town of bent necks”, as no local would start a conversation with another without first looking down to check which firm’s shoes they were wearing.
A shoe designer has made a pair of shoes that uses a GPS, and will direct you home when you click the heels together.
Most Converse sneakers have a very thin layer of felt applied to their soles, in order to legally classify them as slippers. This saves the company more than 33% in import tariffs.
The 1994 NBA MVP Hakeem Olajuwon released pairs of $35 sneakers instead of endorsing shoes from other brands. He said, “How can a poor working mother with three boys buy Nikes or Reeboks that cost $120…She can’t. So kids steal these shoes from stores and others. Sometimes they kill for them.”
The U.S. military has banned the use of ‘toe shoes’ because of ‘image concerns’.
Air Jordan‘s were banned upon introduction by the NBA. However, Jordan wore them anyways, as Nike was willing to pay the fine each game.
Queen Elizabeth II employs somebody to wear her shoes before her to ensure they are comfortable.
The first high heeled shoes were worn by Egyptian butchers to help them walk above the blood and gore.
The pressure of a woman’s stiletto heel hitting the ground is greater than that of Venus’s atmosphere and steam locomotive boilers.