Some sneaker names are obvious—Air Jordan, anyone? But Mental Floss uncovered the origins of some popular brand names that are a bit more mysterious:
- Converse Chuck Taylor All Star: A former high school basketball star, Chuck Taylor joined the Converse team in 1921 and helped launch the shoe to stardom.
- Puma Clyde: The nickname of Walt Frazier, the Knicks player who asked Puma to design a wider basketball shoe.
- Keds: Originally planned to be named “Peds” after the Latin word for feet, but someone else owned the rights to that name.
- Reebok: Named after the rhebok, a fast African antelope.
- Adidas: Does not stand for All Day I Dream About Soccer—it’s named for its owner Adi Dassler.
- ASICS: An acronym for a Latin phrase meaning, “A healthy soul in a healthy body.”
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