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The 25 Best Independent Sneaker Brands

1. New Balance 

Founded: 1906

New Balance has had just four owners in their 100-plus year lifespan, and their basic strategy has never changed — make things better for runners. They started off making sole inserts before producing their first racing shoe in 1938. Since then, they've developed countless iconic silhouettes, tried the signature basketball market with James Worthy (oops), and maintained factories in both England and the United States while everyone else moved production to Asia. The best, and it's not even close.

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