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A Visual Compendium of Sneakers

By: on July 12, 2013

Chuck Taylors have been around since 1917? Crap. Well I hope in 4 years Converse has a big party to celebrate its century of making my feet look awesome and, in honor of the occasion, gives away free shoes or maybe raises Chuck Taylor from the dead. I bet CT would like being risen. He was a marketing evangelist.

In the interim, sneaker fanatics can tide themselves over with Pop Chart Labs' latest debut, A Visual Compendium of Sneakers. Starting with Converse All Stars and working its way through Adidas Stan Smiths (1965), Vans Checkerboards (1976), Air Jordan I's (1985), Reebok The Pumps (1989; remember that shit?!), Yo! MTV Raps Pumas (1997), and Nike Air Yeezy 1's (2009), the poster technically charts athletic shoe history, but really also charts an entire era of sports, pop culture, and rabid consumerism all the way up to 2013's Nike Kobe 8 SYSTEM.

Prints measure 24" x 36", and each is signed by its artists, plus numbered from this first printing of 500.

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Mainland USA, According to Common Sense

$8.25 - $47.95 from Zazzle »

The sad thing is, I'm pretty sure all of these "jokes" are based on actual statistics from the US Census. The other sad thing is, I bet the 95% of us who couldn't name half of the color blocks when looking at a blank...

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NakeFit Stick-On Shoes

$33 from Nakefit »

NakeFit stick-on shoes - or, to be more precise, NakeFit hypoallergenic adhesive pads - remind me of when I'm walking barefoot and start to feel like something's stuck to my heel, but I'm loath to look down because I...

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Waterproof Socks

$35 from Amazon »

Showers Pass made these waterproof socks to keep athletes' and other F the rain weather warriors' feet dry when they run, hike, and bike in anything from light drizzles to torrential downpours....

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The Secret Lives of Superheroes Prints

$20 - $50 from Society 6 »

Greg-guillemin reigns supreme: Best Paparazzo Ever. I knew Wonder Woman's rack wasn't real. But I have to say, I definitely took it for silicone over Kleenex. Her tissue-molding skills are impressive. Superheros may pick...

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Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 Algae Biomass Shoes

$80 from Amazon »

In May 2017 Vivovbarefoot announced its Ultra 3 land and sea shoes would incorporate both land and sea into their construction to make the amphibious footwear as eco-friendly as they are foot-friendly. Teaming up with...

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Evolution of the Bat-Signal Poster

Discontinued

Geez, 30 permutations of Batman's Bat-Signal from 1940 to 2012. I wish the stale logos of Ford and Chevrolet would take a page out of the progressive DC Comics' book. Maybe then I'd consider buying an American car as...

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DrySteppers - Raincoats for Your Sneakers

$19.99 from DrySteppers »

DrySteppers slip over your sneakers like a cozy shoe raincoat when the only thing worse than when you ask your mama for Adidas and she buys you Zips happens: you buy your own damn Adidas Zebra V2s, and then an angry summer...

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NavoPed Self-Walking Shoes

Want to pimp out your feet Google-style*? To avoid unpleasant collisions with other pedestrians, telephone poles, and public fountains that just came up out of frikkin' nowhere? To slap on your sneakers and never look...

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Star Wars on Earth Prints

Stirring scenes from American history, meet stirring scenes from American sci-fi. This set of 4 Star Wars prints from Thirteenth Floor pits some of the Empire's worst villains against some of our own greatest war heroes....

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QuickShoeLace One-Handed Laces

$15 from QuickShoeLace »

Look, Ma! One hand! The QuickShoeLace one-handed lacing system brings convenience to adults, and an alternative to Velcro straps that will inevitably get gunked up with dust and food and boogers to kids who can't tie...

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5-Toe Flip-Flops

$12.96 - $19.99 from Amazon »

These 5-toe flip-flops are made by Sazzi, and I know I sure can't think of a better word to describe them. Made with 10 separate, articulating toe platforms and a post (i.e., thong, tha-thong, thong, thong) to cordon...

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Memory Foam Height Increasing Insoles

Sold Out from Amazon »

No need to feel uncomfortable about wanting some height increasing insoles. No need to feel uncomfortable wearing them either. We could all benefit from an extra inch or two somewhere and, according to Heelborne, their...