Trainer Tribulation Trivia

Trainers have to be by far my favourite specimen of footwear , followed closely by a truly great ankle boot. However, it is with a trainer you will not encounter any tribulation – a good trainer can make anyone and everyone far trendier than they ever intended to be. However, just as a good trainer can make an outfit, a bad trainer can destroy. Athletic sports trainers with jeans are quite possibly the worst thing to ever happen, ever. For some reason, that escapes the realm of my comprehension, a vast majority of the population seems to indulge in the catastrophic activity of mixing sporting footwear with casual attire – this does not translate in to the ‘sports luxe’ trend people!! Stick to converse, air max, high tops or vans…

The world famous Nike “swoosh” logo was designed by graphic design student, Carolyn Davidson in 1971. Davidson got paid only $35 for the logo design!

The name “Nike” was chosen in reference to the Greek Goddess of victory.

In 1908, while in his late 30s, Marquis M. Converse fell down a flight of steps in Malden, Massachusetts, injuring both him and his pet donkey, Seabiscuit. The incident gave him the idea of rubber soled shoes, to prevent one from slipping. By 1909, the company was up and running, providing winterized rubber-soled footwear for men, women, and children.

Adidas was founded in 1948 by Adolf “Adi” Dassler, following the split of Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik between him and his older brother Rudolf. Rudolf later established Puma, which was the early rival of Adidas

During the war, a growing rift between the pair reached a breaking point after an Allied bomb attack in 1943, when Adi and his wife climbed into a bomb shelter that Rudolf and his family were already in: “The dirty bastards are back again”, Adi said, referring to the Allied war planes, but Rudolf was convinced his brother meant him and his family

The two brothers never reconciled, and although both are buried in the same cemetery, they are spaced apart as far as possible.


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