Training shoes/ trainers (hope this isn't now off topic): I think I can claim to have had some of the earliest around but it had nothing to do with fashion or style. In the 1960s my Dad worked for a footwear manufacturing company. As far as I can tell they worked on a contract basis for footwear sellers, high street stores etc. - mainly kids' sandals and slippers.
They were approached by a bloke from Bolton (I think) called Joe Foster to manufacture a new shoe and produced a short run for him. My Dad got a pair each for me and my brother. They were white leather, quite thin and stiff with a thin composite ridged sole. No padding round the ankle. White laces. Two (I think - but it's hard to be sure after so long) blue stripes on the side. And the name of Mr. Foster's new venture in small gold lettering blocked on the outside of each shoe: REEBOK.
I think we were told they were "training shoes" and can't remember an alternative. Don't think they got called running shoes; certainly not tennis shoes. The term "trainers" came much later. Back then trainers, to football fans, were the guys on the bench who ran onto the pitch with a bucket of water and the "magic sponge" when a player was injured.
I think this must have been around 1967 or 1968, when I was 10 or 11. Me and my brother just wore them for playing out in, football, roaming round the streets, on holiday etc. By late 1969 when I started going on the terraces at Maine Road I'd have grown out of them.
During the summers of 1970 and 1971 I wore Dunlop Green Flash with my Wranglers, and while this wasn't the most stylish footwear at the time compared to Royals etc. it wasn't uncommon either. Never saw them on the terraces though.
Training shoes didn't seem to take off then and I didn't really notice Reebok until many years later, by which time I think it had changed hands. Often wished I'd kept my early pair as they'd have been a museum piece.
Cool story about Reebok.Yes they did change hands they are owned by the Cohen Bros.Chestnut Hill,Brookline.Did some work at their house with my dad.Nice people.