The athletic shoe industry, over the years, has dabbled around with the concept of adding one or more strap(s) to improve the biomechanical properties of the shoe.
A strap around the ankle typically improves stability. A strap further down on the foot helps keep the foot in the shoe, similar to the practice of spatting performed by many football players.
While it may have not
been the first sneaker with a strap, I would be willing to say that the Reebok Freestyle and Ex-O-Fit are the most popular sneakers that have straps.
Now, this is
interesting! The gals get two straps on the Freestyle, while
the guys only get one on the Ex-O-Fit!
Fast flying FILA sneakers need to be under
control. So, FILA added a removable strap to keep the pilot in the
Michael Jordan had his feet strapped in for the ride. Sometimes,
he didn't. The Air Jordan 8 is the model (so far)
with the most prominent strapping.
Nike football shoes, including the pictured Air Turf Pro Destroyer, feature a
midfoot strap. The intent is to decrease the need for wrapping tape around the
midfoot and covering up the SWOOSH.
"Vandal" and "Vandal
Supreme" basketball shoes feature a removable strap.
Puma Sky 2
basketball sneaker is another example of a sneaker with straps. Note that it shares double
straps with the Reebok Freestyle.
Reebok Classic, originally a light-duty running shoe, has been updated to a
mid-high version with straps.
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