From Fred Perrys Green Flashes to Michael Johnsons gold Nikes, a new book celebrates the trainers that brought sporting victory and became style icons
The renown of sports shoes long outlives that of the sports stars who made them famous. Sneakers the ones that stick become legendary in their own right and leave their first adopters far behind. Who really thinks of Fred Perry when they see a pair of Dunlop Green Flashes which, incidentally, were much less green when Perry first wore them? Or of Chuck Taylor when they see a pair of Converse All Stars, ubiquitous 47 years after the basketball players death?