A Walk in My Cheer Shoes

By Kayley Lazurick

Back in the Day

1892

In the 18th century, rubble soled shoes called plimsolls were invented. U.S. Rubber Company invented Keds with more comfortable rubber. In 1917, shoes were called sneakers because it was so quiet you could sneak up on someone. Marquis Converse produced the first shoe made just for basketball, called Converse All-Stars. In 1923, basketball player named Chuck Taylor supported converse. The shoes were known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars that became the best selling basketball shoes of all time.
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1920's

in 1924, sneakers went international. Then, German man named Adi Dassler created a sneaker named Adidas. This brand became the most popular athletic shoe in the world. At the 1936 track Olympics, Jessie Owens wore Adidas when he won four gold medals. Rudi, Adi's brother, invented another famous sports shoe company called Puma.
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1984 to present day

Michael Jordan signed a contract that said he would wear air Jordan's and the became the most popular sneaker ever made. Today air Jordan's are different colors with different designs and laces. Sneakers began to be made for every sport. Present day athletic shoes cost almost up to $100 a pair.
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The day in the life of cheer shoes

I usually spend time in my cheerleader's gym bag and wait patiently for my cheerleader to get to practice. When she finally gets to practice, she takes me out of her bag and laces me on her feet with my bubble laces. My job is to help my cheerleader excell in her performance. I help her with her jumps, tumbling, and stunts. When she runs to do her backhand spring I have designed insole to match the contours under the foot for arch support and enhanced cushioning. I have luxurious cushioning to help her feet stay comfortable during full outs or just stretching especially on a Spring Floor. I am as light as a feather so she doesn't have to worry about her feet being weighed down during her tumbling pass. I am everything a cheerleader would need during her cheer practices, tumbling lessons, and cheer competitions. I have a profile design in the midsole to improve flexibility and performance. When she goes to competitions, she uses me to win first place because she knows she can count on me. After the competition is over, she puts me back in her bag and I wait until she needs me at her next practice.

My passion connection to cheer shoes

My passion connects to sneakers or cheer shoes because my passion is competitive cheerleading. Cheer helps me when I am stressed at home. GoIng to cheer practice gives me a reason to get out of the house and stay active. Cheer is a big part of my life and helps me make new friends with people that love cheer almost as much as I do. I love to tumble and do stunts but I would need a comfortable shoe to do all these things. Cheer shoes are very important to wear during practice and competitions. An example of a cheer shoe is the Nfinity Evolution. Cheer shoes are the most important part of the uniform because they help cheerleaders stay comfortable and active.
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