Significant Sneakers: adidas Pro Model, adidas Superstar, PRO-Keds Super, PRO-Keds Royal, Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star
The adidas Pro Model was actually introduced in 1965 as the first leather basketball shoe, but it didn't appear in its familiar shelltoe form until 1969, when it was joined by the low-cut Superstar. Up until that point the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor still reigned, along with similar makeups from PRO-Keds. The German company's innovation would kick off the basketball footwear design arms race in earnest, as 40-year-old designs were finally displaced. About time.