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Crime and Punishment and Sneakers

22 year old Brit Isaiah Hanson-Frost, is about to have his 55 pairs of designer sneakers, valued at about $30,000 Canadian, sold by the police. Last April, Hanson-Frost was sentenced to six years in jail after admitting to firing a … Continue reading

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Off The Rack – W.J. Voit Rubber Company, 1922 – 1983

The Voit Rubber company was founded in Los Angeles in 1922 by W. J. Voit. Starting as a rubber tire manufacturer, the company branched into sporting goods and claimed they invented the inflatable beach ball in the late 1930s. In 1957, the company … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Before the Reebok pump

It was not Reebok but Fillmore Moore of Farmington Connecticut who built the first inflatable shoe. His 1893 patent describes the technology for a rubber bag midsole that “when the screw plug is turned … air can be blown into and … Continue reading

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Why is this piece of rusty junk so important to fashion history?

In 1971 Bill Bowerman was tinkering with the idea of how to make track or football shoes without spikes that could be worn on blacktop or artificial turf but work equally as well on grass or gravel. His eureka moment came … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – High Heel Sneakers – 1964

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Fadshions – 1964 Beatles fashions

Men’s ankle boots with elastic gores and Cuban heels became known as Chelsea or Beatles boots in 1964, but that same year there were more than just boots inspired by the Beatles:

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