Year Introduced: 1800s

Vulcanized rubber changed the world. That's not hyperbole - there's a lot more than Chuck Taylors that don't exist if Charles Goodyear doesn't figure out that heating rubber and adding sulfur changes an elastic material into a dynamic one. What's more is that the classic vulc sole, now over 100 years old, still has properties that a more modern cupsole doesn't. Ask a skater.