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Everything You Need to Know About Sneakers in 1500 Words includes a condensed 150 word history of sneakers, an in-depth list of 40 sneaker books/magazines/movies/blogs/forums, biographies of 10 celebrity sneakerheads, mini-histories of 40 classic sneaker models, and 50 cities to buy sneakers throughout the world.

The 150 words of history are below. At The Shoe Buff they also did a great in-depth list of 40 sneaker books/magazines/movies/blogs/forums, biographies of 10 celebrity sneakerheads, mini-histories of 40 classic sneaker models, and 50 cities to buy sneakers throughout the world.

Rubber-soled shoes (plimsolls) are manufactured. Goodyear launches Keds. Converse revolutionizes basketball. ‘Sneakers’ is coined because the soles are quiet. Converse releases the All Star. All Star’s give way to Chuck Taylors. Adidas produces its first tennis shoe. Converse releases the Jack Purcell. Puma is founded. Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman launch Blue Ribbon Sports. Vans Launches. BRS becomes Nike. Puma develops Velcro. The Nike Swoosh trademark is purchased for $35. Nike introduces Air technology. Nike releases the Air Force One. Michael Jordan endorses Nike. Nike releases the Air Jordan. NBA fines Jordan for violating uniform rules with vibrant sneakers. Spike Lee directs and stars in Mars Blockmon commercial. Run-DMC releases “My Adidas”. Reebok introduces the Pump. Nike introduces the Air Max. Bill Bowerman dies. Nelly releases “Air Force Ones”. Bobbito authors “Where’d You Get Those?”. Nike acquires Converse. Converse re-issues the Chuck and the Jack Purcell. Sneaker Freaker and Sole Collector launch. SneakerPimps begins touring the world. Jordan celebrates its 20th anniversary. Adidas acquires Reebok. Just for Kicks DVD released.