There are plenty of trends that began in the military that have reverberated into everyday dress – arguably serving as the foundation for Americana. Whether it’s denim, white undershirts, chambray shirts, or even leather jackets – the influence on GIs coming home after the war had a huge effect on how they dressed and therefore how those around them began modeling their style. But one style queue you might not have expected to hail from time overseas is casual footwear. No, not boots and oxfords, but actual sneakers as we know them today!
Sneaks. They are the swiss army knife of your wardrobe pulling in any direction you need them, whether you’re trying to collect some style points or need something reliable on your foot, all without taking yourself too seriously. And although they’re commonplace in the streets, on the court, and anywhere else a ‘no shoes, no service’ sign might be applicable, one place you might not have expected them to play a significant role in the military. And yet, it makes sense. In fact, some of the earliest examples of sneakers were worn by soldiers while training and serving in the military.
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