dopeman.I have been thinking about your post,when you think that most people in the early 60s would only have seen footwear in brown or black leather ( shoes,boots or sandals ) seeing a Mod in trainers would have been quite "shocking".I agree about Mods wearing sports clothes for streetwear but i also think that they wanted new (modern) clothes/shoes that people hadnt seen before.IMO of course.
Yes I agree- mods were always looking at getting a one-up/one-off item of clothing that no-one else had seen (or could get hold of) before-so any sportswear (apart from cricket wear which would be english) would have been imported and therefore unobtainable for most people who didnt know the 'source'. Italian cycling tops/German running shoes (adidas)/american sweatshirts/french plimsolls (someone mentioned Spring Court-think John Lennon got married to Yoko wearing these).
I have seen pics of mods wearing the adidas "Italia" in maybe '63 or '64 which are a very "mod" trainer as well as other early adidas models (rom maybe?). ALways white in those days with maybe a coloured stripe..no coloured suede or black/brown leather either.
Trainers turned into "fashion" next with the perry boys/early casuals in the north- probably around 1975/76 . In between those periods baseball boots/tiger boots would've been popular after the skinheads had died out, but I wouldnt've classed them as 'trainers' just the way I wouldn't say plimsolls are 'trainers' either.