Last month we looked at some of the best training shoes to have triumphed at the Olympics – this month we’re going to finish our roundup of the top ten.
Dassler Brother’s Shoe Factory Track Cleats
At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens triumphed by winning four golds in the Track and Field events. This was doubly significant, because Hitler was hoping to use the games as an ideological showcase for Nazi ideology, and Owens was the first African-American athlete to get an endorsement. He received that endorsement from the Dassler Brothers, who would later fall out, to form their own companies – Adidas and Puma.
Converse Chuck Taylor
Unbelievably, Chuck Taylors have around since 1917, but the classic optical white version was introduced during the 1936 Olympics, for Team USA Basketball. The name Chuck Taylor refers to the famous basketball coach and proselytiser for the sport, who did so much to promote Converse. They proved such an iconic design you can still pick up a pair today.
Nike Waffle Trainer
Steve Prefontaine was the first athlete ever to wear the Nike Waffle Trainer in Olympic competition, at the Munich Games in ’72.. He may not have actually won the 5,000M race, but the Nike Waffle’s future was assured, with its revolutionary sole featuring small bulbs for extra grip and rebound, making it responsive and able to handle an uneven running surface.
Nike Air Jordan
The 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team is considered by many to the best ever, and Nike highlighted the involvement of Michael Jordan in this dream team by making him a pair of shoes for the games. The gold accents and his USA No. 9 jersey featured on the back make them absolutely unique. No wonder copies are still popular today.
Nike Gold Track Spikes
Michael Johnson broke the 200M record at the Beijing Olympics with a time of 19.32 seconds wearing these golden spikes. The record set by the man in the golden shoes stood for 10 years, until Usain Bolt broke it at the 2008 Olympics with a 19.30.