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The Crazy Evolution Of Your Running Shoe

We've come a long way to get to the awesome styles we have now.

Some love them for comfort and style. Others love them for the functionality and support. The women’s running shoe has come a long way to help us log miles and continue to push through the toughest run.

Runners today benefit from the latest technology in a shoe that supports their athletic feet. Inspired from men’s shoes, the evolution of the female running shoe has come a long way—especially from the first one to now.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture, a past exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art, traces that evolution from the 1830s to today.

Take a brief walk through history to see how style and function have come together.

 

Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood, Running Shoe, 1860–65. Northampton Museums and Art Gallery. Photo: Greg Washington, courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum.

Nike, Foamposite, 1997. Nike Archives. Photo: Ron Wood, courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum.