Basketball shoes are the shoes that people wear in playing basketball. It is also named sneakers. People who are in love with sneakers and keen on collecting them are sneakerheads.
Basketball is not an easy sports; it requires different kinds of skills. In order to meet all its requirements, the sneakers that players wear should obtain several features which are durability, support, stability and good cushioning. The continuous start, shark stop, jumping and moving left& right in the movements of playing basketball, requires your attention to the special features of the shoes. And what position do you play on the court is another standard in choosing the shoes.
The first sneaker was introduced by Converse, a company set up in 1908. The hundred history of construction of shoes of Converse makes it important in the whole history of America. It was the turning point when sneakers involved into the daily life. All Star from Converse, Nike Air Force 1, Adidas Super Star were the top three popular ones at that time. These sneakers moved the plain sporting into comfortable and fashion sports.
The Air Jordan Shoes in 1985 leaded the sneaker culture to the top. The Air Jordan shoes were produced by Nike for the NBA Star Micheal Jordan. And when Jordan became popular in NBA, the shoes were welcomed by the public, and NBA shoes(shoes that NBA players wear on the court) became popular among all kinds of sports shoes.
Nowadays, most of basketball shoes are made of rubber in outsole. And the first sneaker with rubber outsole used in playing basketball was produced in 1800's, named plimsolls.
The word of sneaker came out from the rubber outsole shoes, because these shoes would not make any sounds on all kinds of floor. And the first pair of real- meaning basketball shoes was produced by Converse, it was Converse All Star. But now, Converse All Star shoes are used more in fashion wearing.
When adidas company took part in the sports shoes field, it was dealing with tennis shoes at first. Adidas now as long with Nike, are regarded as the two of the biggest shoe companies. The basketball shoes constructed by these two companies are very popular in the market. The secret of the success is that they have contracts with famous NBA Stars, such as Micheal Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James with Nike, and Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose with adidas. By the way, these players are fighting against each other on the NBA court, so as what Nike and adidas do in the market field.