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4 Most Influential Celebrity Shoe Lines

– blogged by @worldwidekeege

Celebrities are the best brand ambassadors for anything nowadays.  Personalities sell products.

Yet what about the iconic brands that started before you could see a fancy commercial on the TV? They still grew their fan base organically! Don’t get me wrong, the newbies do have real fans they have to reach as well. Let’s take a look at the 4 most influential celebrity shoe lines.

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Chuck Taylor All Stars

The sneaker was originally created in 1917 by the Converse brand and was called “Non-Skids”.  There are myths about how Chuck Taylor came aboard the Converse team.  Some say he played for their basketball team (All-Stars), someday he was just an influential Converse salesmen.

Whatever the cause, he positively changed the influence of the shoe brand and its impact on the shoe culture.

Taylor’s name was added to the branding in 1932.  He changed the support system built into the shoe, increased flexibility and of course he had some effect on the iconic logo.

It took no time for Chuck Taylor All-Stars to become the shoe of choice for basketball players, and even American Soldiers in World War II!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Today it’s still the top-selling basketball shoe of all time and still looks cool with a pair of cuffed jeans or shorts today.

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Air Jordan:

Fun Fact: When Michael Jordan became a Chicago Bull, the NBA told Jordan that if he wore his legendary red and black Air Jordan colorway, they would fine him $5,000 per game because the shoes were not regulation colors.

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Nike politely paid for the fine and Mike tore the court up every week with them on!

The Air Jordan’s were released to the public in 1985 and has since become the most successful celebrity shoe brand of all time.

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There are multiple variations, styles, and colorways of his iconic sneakers and he sponsors a slew of NBA, MLB, NFL, and WNBA players.

The shoes are prized possessions and can sometimes be resold on the underground sneaker market for double what customers pay in retail stores!

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We don’t see the brands influence slowing down anytime soon.

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Rihanna x PUMA:

Since becoming a symbol in the fashion world, not just on the performing stage, Rihanna has made a huge impact on trends and won multiple fashion awards for her excellence.

After being Puma’s creative director for a year,  she released her Fenty x Puma Shoe collaboration.

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The first collection of these luxury sneakers sold out in only 3 hours online.

She won the Shoe Of The Year Award at the 2016 Footwear Andes Achievement Awards.

Recently releasing his own line of Stance socks as well as being Dior’s first black brand ambassador, we can sure expect more trend influence from the fashionista over the years to come.

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Adidas Yeezy:

Yeezy Yeezy how you do it huh?

Kanye started out his shoe dreams with Adidas but had to move to Nike for his 2008-2013 release of the Red October’s and more classic sellouts.

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In 2015, Yeezy and the German athletic brand were finally able to release their collab footwear! The hype didn’t lose its pace at all.

Most of West’s shoes are being sold for outrageous prices on the underground sneaker market due to the limited supply that is released each time.

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I am a sneakerhead at heart so I love all of the variety on this list.

Are any of these sneakers your go-to favorite?

About MsJennyb

Jen is a Writer and Content Curator for Baller Alert, who writes under the alias “MsJennyb.” In this role, Jen develops and contributes relevant special-themed content to attract readers. Before joining the Entertainment Industry via Baller Alert, Jen spent one year as a Freelance Writer and two years as a Human Resources assistant in a corporate office. Jen has a degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University with a concentration in Africana Studies. To contact Jen please email [email protected]

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