The meeting of canvas and rubber that began in the 1830s still inspires crowds to queue for the latest pair. Sneakers are now big business and high fashion.
Companies tie their flag to a social movement or political moment because they think there's money in it. But if it helps change the world a little, that's fine too.
World Cup jerseys have to please players, national officials, FIFA rulemakers and – perhaps most importantly – fans who buy them to show support for their teams.
No longer in fanciful coats or button-down shirts with neckties, Olympians compete in uniforms specially designed and engineered for maximum performance.
From the sounds of some brands' marketing, you may be forgiven for believing that bespoke shoes are just a footstep away.
While getting more women to take part in sport is a laudable achievement, it would be better if the campaign also helped free them from the objectification of the dominant male gaze.
Sell-out product 'drops' are the new way that brands get millennials hooked on their goods.
Sports bras can help elite athletes compete to their best, but also should be considered as an important piece of kit by all women who exercise.