The first sneakers
that I got that weren't cheap Chuck clones were a pair of adidas "Gym" in the summer of 1972 (between my junior
and senior years of high school). The "Gym" was a white leather sneaker with black stripes. The worst design
feature was that adidas used a "grid of squares" sole.
This type of sole is usually slippery on wet grass, and the "Gym" was no exception. I had a friend with a pair of Puma shoes with the same design... Ronnie and I both did our share of slipping in gym class! They also didn't have much midsole cushioning, so I had two reasons that I was more likely than not to wear the red low-top Chucks I had by that time in gym class. Even with this flaw, these shoes went with me to college. I found the third flaw in these shoes walking across the University of Missouri campus: they wore out quickly! They soon went into the trash.
Back to the top of Charlie's Sneaker Pages!
Last Updated: 18 April 2012 11:32
Wouldn't you just love to have a new pair?
Click here to send E-mail to Charlie.
Charlie's Sneaker Pages
copyright 1995-2012 by Charles L. Perrin.
READERS PLEASE NOTE: Names of athletic shoe manufacturers, shoe styles, and
technologies may be trademarked by the manufacturers. Charlie's Sneaker Pages uses these names solely to describe the shoes with the same familiar
nomenclature used by the manufacturer and recognized by the reader.