Sneakers, where do we even begin? They're more than just a functional pair of shoes, they're a cultural movement that rakes in billions of dollars every year. Sneakers first came into fashion during the 1970s and at the time, they were called plimsolls after the waterline on a ship's hull. They were immediately used as athletic shoes and were worn frequently by sportsmen on the tennis court. At the turn of the 20th century and after WWI, they continued to grow in popularity, particularly brands such as Converse and Nike.
Converse became extremely popular through the endorsement of basketball player Chuck Taylor and the brand became well loved by players throughout the league. Taylor made such an impact on the brand that his name has since become synonymous with the iconic shoe.
But, when it comes to celebrity endorsement, no one does it like Nike. Nike is the world's largest supplier of athletic shoes and is valued at $32 billion. Back in 1984, the brand introduced one of their most prolific shoe lines to date, the Air Jordan, which was created in homage to Hall of Fame basketball player Michael Jordan. There are currently 33 versions of this sneaker, with the 2018 model the first to go laceless. Another popular line of Nike's includes the Air Force 1, first introduced in 1982. This was the first basketball shoe to use Nike Air technology and is one of the most sought after sneaker lines by collectors worldwide.
In honor of all the sneaker lovers out there, take a peek at 50 of our favorite sneaker tattoos from talented artists around the world. Then let us know your favorite sneaker in the comments section on social media.