History of Sneakers
Do you have any idea when was the first sneaker crafted?
In the late 18th century poorer people wore rubber-soled shoes, named plimsolls, which were made without a left or right foot (comfortable, right?). However, the U.S. Rubber Company produced a canvas-topped shoe, called Keds, which are widely regarded as the first ever mass produced sneaker.
Keds were founded in 1916 and were later acquired by Stride Rite Corporation. Because the shoes had a soft rubber sole, they became known as sneaker as the rubber soles allowed “sneaking around silently”.
So, yes, those on the picture are Keds! First sneakers ever!