They’re referred to as ‘trainers’ in these parts but whether you call them running shoes, runners, sneakers or kicks, if you’re a fan of sports shoes and footwear, this one will almost certainly be right up your street.
A Visual Compendium of Sneakers is a superbly illustrated collection of over 130 of the greatest and most iconic trainers in human history. The comprehensive guide starts all the way back in 1917 with the famous Chuck Taylor All Stars, progressing through to the classic Adidas Samba (1950), Stan Smith (1965) and Superstar (1969), as well as a host of other super cool low tops from that era.
Many of the adidas trainers that launched in the 1960’s are now part of the brand’s heritage Adidas Originals collection and are every bit as popular and stylish today.
The 1970’s kicks off with the Nike Cortez (1972), whilst the 1980’s heralds the start of the many different permutations of Nike Air Jordan’s.
The 1990’s were all about novelties such as the Puma Disc Blaze, Reebok Insta Pump Fury and LA GEAR Light Tech Light Strikers which featured an LED light in the heel that would light up every time the wearers heels hit the ground. The LA GEAR Light Tech might be looked upon now as something you’d only find in re-runs of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air but they would go on to be one of the most popular shoes of the 90’s and one of LA GEAR’s most successful lines.
The collection also features many other groundbreaking shoes from brands such as Vans, A Bathing Ape, Asics, New Balance, Diadora, Ellesse and Onitsuka Tiger, just to name a few – the list goes on and on!
The 00’s feature yet more Air Jordan’s, as well as a selection of more running specific sports shoes from Nike such as the HTM Flyknit Trainer and the Nike Roshe Run. The decade also includes the Reebok ATV19+, which are perhaps the most bizarre of the new breed of minimalist style sports shoes.
This 24 inch x 36 inch print will initially be limited to just 500 copies, with each one individually numbered.
If that wasn’t cool enough you can order the print to be displayed inside a custom made frame crafted from rubber sneaker foam.
A Visual Compendium of Sneakers is available now from Pop Chart Lab and is priced at $32.00