A look back at the shoes we've used to get fit, from the first humble pair of Keds to futuristic so-called 'minimal' shoes
U.S. Rubber creates the original sneaker, the athletic shoe it calls Keds.Charla Jones/The Globe and Mail
The Converse Rubber Shoe Company introduces high-top basketball shoes, christened the All Star.Jim Ross
Adolf 'Adi' Dassler begins making shoes. By 1936, his shoes are worn by Jesse Owens. In 1948, Dassler founds Adidas.Ivan Alvarado
PF Flyers (for Posture Foundation) hit the market with an 'action wedge,' which helps distribute weight evenly and reduce leg strain.AP/The Associated Press
Reebok is founded. The company takes its name from an African gazelle.Laura Leyshon
New Balance releases the Trackster. It is the first running shoe to be offered in multiple widths. The brand continues to evolve over the years.Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail
Legendary University of Oregon coach - and Nike co-founder - Bill Bowerman uses the waffle iron in his kitchen to create a tread on the bottom of racing flats, launching a shoe empire.John Raoux
Reebok releases the Pump, the first shoe to have an inflation mechanism that provides custom cushioning.
Nike creates the Free, the original minimal shoe.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail
Vibram releases the FiveFingers, with individual sections for each toe, forever changing the way the world looks at shoes.
Nike releases the Air Max 360, the first shoe with a foamless midsole.David Zalubowski
Nike introduces the Air Zoom, a running shoe designed to talk to Apple's iPod nano, relaying information about time, distance, calories burned and pace.MARY ALTAFFER
Brooks releases the PureProject, a collection of shoes intended to promote a natural stride.Brooks