The 50 Most Influential People In Sneaker History

47. Michael Chang

Who And Why: Tennis icon
Years Of Influence: 1989-2003

Since I’m Asian, I have a connection to him in that I finally had a professional athlete I could look up to at a young age. Remember that match? Reebok Tennis Pumps on. Bum Leg. Couldn’t even perform a proper overhead serve. Facing No. 1 Ivan Lendl in the French Open Finals. And winning! That was one of the most inspiring things in my childhood. How does that relate to sneaker culture? Well, it’s the idea that a single athlete can elevate a shoe and then elevate an entire brand on his shoulders…

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