Trainers have been a popular type of footwear for men, women, and children for many decades. They were first created in the early 1900s for sports purposes. It was in America that the first trainer was designed and created for basketball. Back then trainers were only created by rubber companies such as in the rubber tyre industry.
Trainers became a little more popular and the market began to grow the more trainers were endorsed by basketball and football players such as Jim Thorpe and All Stars by Chuck Taylor. Young boys idolized these players and so the demand for trainers increased slightly. By the early 1920s these trainer companies started developing the original trainer designs by adding traction and creating specific styles of certain sports and athletic events. When the Olympics were rived this had an amazing effect on the sales of trainers and their popularity.
In the 1950s the school dress codes relaxed slightly in America and so sneakers and trainers were allowed to be worn with school uniforms which made trainers even more popular. By the 1980s trainers and sneakers were everywhere all over the world and were being manufactured worldwide as well. There was a trainer for every kind of sport and they were one of the most popular types of casual footwear as well. From the 1990s to date companies have gone crazy with marketing and celebrity endorsement and trainers are at the forefront of the footwear industry.
Well known brands today for trainers include Adidas, Converse, Fila, Gola, Heelys, K-Swiss, Lacoste, Li Ning, Lonsdale, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike, PF Flyers, Puma, Reebok, Sperry Top-Sider, Starbury, Supra, and Vans. There is no end to the choice of trainers today whether its for tennis or football, men or children, fashion or for the gym, everyday wear or the catwalk, there is a style of trainer for every kind of occasion and every person.