First impressions are crucial. When encountering someone or something for the first time, your perception of the introduction sticks with you. For sneaker brands, the right first impression can lead to years of fruitful business, game-changing designs, and landmark endorsements. Without this early foundation, the brands we know and love today could very well cease to exist. Take a look back at the starting point for some of your favorite companies in The First Shoe from Each Major Performance Footwear Brand.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.