Most influential in the sneaker game
Sneakers have been a staple in American history and culture for quite some time. Complex.com recently took it upon themselves to compile a list of the most influential people in sneaker history in order to praise the creators, innovators and icons who rock sneakers right.
Coming in at the number 10 spot are the members of Run DMC. The site pegs the group as "hip-hop pioneers, endorsement pioneers and the kings from Queens. Run DMC breaks into the top 10 because of its ability to fuse together rap and music with the sneaker culture. The group single-handedly brought adidas into the forefront of the sneaker industry in the 80s and helped grow the company to what is is now.
Mike Parker comes in at number nine as he is the designer and CEO of Nike. Under his watch since 1979, the sneaker company has continued to grow and evolve based on the specific needs of the people who wear the shoes. From runners and star athletes like LeBron James to the average mom in America, Nike has a hand in the lives of many. Complex reports the key to Nike's success is that everything that Nike and Parker does "from the top down is considered from a design perspective, not a sales, product, or marketing perspective."
Kanye West came in at the number six spot for his ability to get people excited about sneakers again. From designing his fresh Air Yeezy's to bringing the sneaker culture into mainstream USA, West has played a part in expanded people's ideas on the footwear.
Time Magazine reports the Air Yeezy II hit stores on June 9 and caused a frenzy from the get-go with fans trying to get their hands on West's designer kicks. One fan wanted a pair so badly he or she pre-ordered the sneakers on eBay for $90,300 - the retail price is $245.
Complex reports Nike founder Phil Knight takes number four on the list. He is followed by Hiroshi Fujiwara, known as the "godfather of all things street," and Kevin Ma, the founder of Hype Beat Magazine and Tinker Hatfield, dubbed the "greatest sneaker designer of all time."
Taking home the coveted number one spot is none other than basketball legend Michael Jordan, for being the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan's superpower were his shoes and when the famous Air Jordans hit stores, it gave fans everywhere a chance to be like Mike.