When I was a kid growing up during the 1960’s things were much simpler when it came to shopping for athletic shows. In fact, way back then, shoes worn for sport activities weren’t even referred to as “athletic shoes”.
They were called “sneakers”.
There weren’t even specialized shoes for basketball. Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Cousy wore sneakers just like the rest of us. So a pair of sneakers from one of the “Big Three” sneaker makers – Keds, PF Flyer, or Converse would do us for any sport regardless if it was softball, basketball, touch football, tennis, or swimming in the creak.
Sorry, we didn’t know what soccer was back then in Philadelphia. We thought it was one of those ancient sports played by the Aztecs and the losing team would have their hearts cut out as a sacrifice to the gods.
As I got older and entered junior high school, the sneaker of first choice was the “Chuck Taylor All Stars” by Converse. Everyone just referred to them as “Chucks” for short. To this day I still