Sports shoes are used by millions of people all around the world. They are preferred as a form of footwear for anyone who exercises or even walks a lot.
The sports shoes provide a different level of comfort even after hours of usage and their looks are also very sleek and eye-catching. More than that many athletes wear them which encourage various fans all around the world to buy them.
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Let’s check the Top 10 Best Sports Shoe Brands in The World for 2017-2018
ASICS is a multinational corporation which deals with sportswear and sports equipment. The Japanese company designs sports equipment for a wide array of sports, though their price range is usually a bit high the quality and comfort are worth it. It has been constantly ranked among the best sports shoe brands in the world. The company was founded in the year 1949 by Kihachiro Onitsuka. Its headquarters is in Kobe, Japan.
Vans is an American company which is a subsidiary of VF Corporation. Though the company has a primary focus on shoes it does also sell various apparels such as hoodies, T-shirts, socks, hoodies, hats, and backpacks. The multinational company is very active in sports business and sponsors many different teams in various sports such as surfing, BMX, snowboarding, and motocross. It was founded more than 50 years ago on 16th March 1966; the company was called The Van Doren Rubber Company at the time. Its headquarters is in Costa Mesa, California, US.
8. New Balance
New Balance is also an American multinational company which focuses on footwear industry. Many of its models are renowned worldwide; its most famous model is the 990 model. The American company manufactures not only in the United States but also in the United Kingdom. Its shoes have a very high price range mainly because of their unique features such as heel counters, blended gel inserts and a wide range of sizes which can fit narrow as well as wide widths. It was founded as New Balance Arch Support Company in 1906 by William J. Riley. The company’s headquarters are in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
7. Under Armour
Under Armour is one of the most famous American sports brands. It produces footwear, casual and sports attire. The multinational company operates in many areas all over the world, it has offices in Amsterdam, Panama City, New York City, Hong Kong, Austin, Guangzhou, Houston, Jakarta, Munich, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sau Paulo, Santiago and also in Toronto. Though its global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland; European headquarters is at Amsterdam, international headquarters is at Panama City and Greater Chinese headquarters is in Shanghai. The company was founded by Kevin Plank in 1996.
Jordan is a brand called as Air Jordan; it is a subsidiary of Nike. Air Jordan deals with footwear related to basketball and also with clothing which is manufactured by Nike. In 1997 the company became a singular entity after a break with Nike. The company was created by legendary basketball player Michael Jordan in 1984 and was released to the general public in 1985.
The converse is an American company which manufactures lifestyle brand footwear, skating shoes and apparels. The multinational company is a subsidiary of Nike Inc. The company started creating military footwear during the WWII era instead of its traditional public footwear. It ruled the footwear industry for many decades since at the there was no other footwear brand to compete with. The converse is renowned for its company’s star insignia, All Star’s rubber sole, rounded toe, and wrap around the strip. It was founded in February of 1908 at Malden, Massachusetts, the US by Marquis Mills Converse. Its headquarters is in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
Puma is multinational footwear company which manufactures and designs athletic and casual footwear. It also produces apparels and accessories though it is most famous for its sports shoes. The German company ranks 3rd in sportswear manufacturing. The company was founded by Rudolf Dassler after the relationship between him and his brother deteriorated. They both had formed Gebruder Dassler Schuhfabrik which means Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory, but after separation Rudolf created Puma and Adolf Dassler created Adidas. Puma was founded in 1948 and its headquarters is in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Reebok is a subsidiary of Adidas. It is multinational apparel and footwear company. It also manufactures various products related to fitness and running. The company’s global headquarters is in Canton, Massachusetts, US. Its regional offices are located in Amsterdam, Montreal, Hong Kong and Mexico City. It is the official sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Les Mills, CrossFit and Spartan Race. The American company was founded by Joe & Jeff Foster in 1958 at Bolton, England. The company’s headquarters is to be shifted to Boston after an announcement in November of 2016.
Adidas is a German corporation which specializes in designing and manufacturing of shoes, clothes and various accessories. Adidas is the largest manufacturer of sportswear in Europe though it ranks 2nd in the world.
The company was born after the family feud between the founder of Adidas, Adolf Dassler and his brother Rudolf Dassler who is the founder of Puma. And thus the rivalry between the two companies was started. Adidas has many of the biggest sportspersons as its Brand Ambassador with the biggest name being that of Lionel Messi. Moreover, it also has sponsorships of many teams in various sports all over the world. The sports giant was founded as Gebruder Dassler Schuhfabrik in July of 1924 with Rudolph Dassler but after the break, Adidas was created on 18th August 1949. The company’s headquarters is located at Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Nike is the biggest sports company in the world. Its iconic right swoosh tick logo is famous worldwide and features in all of its products. The multinational company deals with designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing of apparel, footwear, equipment, accessories, and services. It is the largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel in the world. It is the most valuable brand in the sports business because of $19 billion value. The American company’s name is taken from the Greek Goddess of victory, Nike. It was founded on 25th January 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, though at the time its name was Blue Ribbon Sports. It was changed to Nike in 1971. The company’s headquarters is in Washington County, Oregon, United States. It has many biggest names in sports world under its sponsorship including that of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The endorsement of any particular brand done by various athletes isn’t just because sports stars wish to earn money, the sports brand which they wear is actually very necessary and important to them because many times their career depends on those shoes. Not all shoe brands have managed to give a uniform level of quality and comfort but some brands have proven time and time again that they deserve to be among the best.