So much more than something to exercise in, the trainer is as ubiquitous as jeans in fashion terms but inspires unparalleled obsession and nostalgia. This book pays tribute to the cult popularity of this most versatile of shoe, containing detailed profiles on the top iconic footwear styles throughout history, as well as background on the major brands and their offerings. More than 300 photographs tell the story of 20 hall-of-fame classics, including the 1923 Converse Chuck Taylor, 1968 Onitsuka Tiger Corsair, 1969 Adidas Superstar and the 1985 Nike Air Jordan, plus countless more 'also-rans'. From old-school retro styles to new classics, the greatest groundbreaking - in terms of design, cultural significance and technological achievement - models are featured.
Introduction; Hall of Fame; Major Players; Contributors; Sites & Sources; Index.