1. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Originally Released: 1917
The Chuck Taylor is arguably the most important sneaker of all time. Without it performance footwear never exists. It was created out of a means of necessity for basketball players. The patch on the ankle that highlights the logo is not there simply for branding; it is there because that area was a point of high wear and instability. Players would rub ankles and cause the material to wear down so Chuck Taylor solved for the issue with the patch that bore his name. But what may be most important about this shoe is not its functionality but how it has come to be a representative of some many different cultures. From athletes, to rockers, to rappers, to moms and to youth the shoe can be found anywhere. It provides the most style for the best price and has been doing it for nearly 100 years.