26. Converse Sneakers

Year Invented: 1892

Designer: U.S. Rubber Company

The sneaker we are familiar with today stems from the U.S. Rubber Company's design for Keds shoes. These rubber-soled, canvas-topped shoes were mass-produced until 1917. That same year, Marguis Converse produced the first shoe made for basketball, the Converse All Star. In 1923, Chuck Taylor, an Indiana basketball player, endorsed the shoe and the name was changed to Chuck Taylor All-Stars.

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