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LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. - July 26, 2023 - PRLog -- When it comes to weddings, tradition often takes center stage. However, there is a growing trend that is breaking all the rules and adding a touch of modernity and personal style to the big day: sneakers. Once reserved for athletic pursuits and casual wear, sneakers have taken the wedding fashion world by storm, becoming a popular choice for brides and grooms alike.

Sneakers and Weddings: A brief history

Origins and etymology. The earliest sneakers debuted in 1876, made by the England-based New Liverpool Rubber Company, and were immediately notable as the first rubber-soled shoes. They were often called beach shoes (referencing where you would likely see them worn) or plimsolls (in connection to the Plimsoll line where a fully-laden ship's hull meets the water's surface). Elsewhere, these early sneakers and their like were called tennis shoes. The term sneakers originates in the United States, but its derivation was incorrectly documented until recently. Because the word appeared in a 1917 Keds advertisement, many thought that marketer Henry McKinney had coined it. In 2010, researcher Andrew Newman found an 1887 Boston Journal of Education article that used sneakers about children sneaking up on teachers thanks to their shoe's soft soles. A recent survey shows revenue from sneakers saw a $30 billion increase from 2012 to 2021, with the industry expected to grow 10.5 percent in 2023 and by nine percent each year after.

The history of sneakers in weddings is a relatively new one, but gaining momentum over the past few years. In fact, according to an article in New York Times citing Marianne Rohrlich as its source, sneakers were only first seen at weddings 2012-2014! In 2012, when Cassandra Arellano was married in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., here is what she had to say: "I thought I would wear gorgeous heels, and since I was engaged for two years, I had plenty of time to search for them. But I could not find the right ones, and then I thought they would kill my feet. So I said, forget it. How cute would it be if I wore purple Converse sneakers?" Jennifer Contreras wore customized Converse sneakers when she was married in June 2014 in San Diego. Now Serena Williams contributed to the trend with Swarovski-crystal embellished Nike Cortezes, andā€¦
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