Adidas and Nike are in a foot race to see who can perfect a knit—not sewn—shoe that will wastes less material and doesn’t need as much cheap labor to make.
PopChartLab has managed to capture the entire history of sneaker design, in one cool infographic.
It’s interesting to see what has and has not changed over time, or as Mark Wilson put it, “sneakers have run on a sort of quarantined evolutionary track seemingly independent of the whims of popular fashion.”
Here’s the full infographic. Got a favorite shoe brand?
Derrick Rose is already one of the fastest players in the NBA. But when he met with designers from Adidas two years ago to discuss creating a new shoe, Rose, the white-hot point guard for the Chicago Bulls, had one request: Make me faster. Since then, Adidas has already given Rose the lightest jerseys ever constructed; on Thursday, the company unveiled the adiZero Crazy Light, which Adidas touts as the lightest shoe in basketball.
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