The importance of proper athletic shoes for conditioning and performance has always been an important aspect of sports. However, for many years there were no improvements in footwear. In early years, runners for instance, did not use shoes at all. It was not until the 1970s that more interest began to spark whereafter the market allowed for better technology to support testing to innovate and increase performance with an athletic shoe.
Take a jog into history to view the earliest and latest developments in the evolution of the athletic shoe.