70s Brooks sneakers
The well-known American shoe company Brooks was founded in 1914. Brooks started with manufacturing slippers and ballet shoes but decided to concentrate on running shoes in the early 70s as the running gained more popularity.
Brooks’ 70s styles such as the Vanguard, Villanova, and Hugger GT are popular among sneaker and shoe collectors. Villanova was launched in 1974 and developed with Olympic middle-distance runner Marty Liquori. The Vantage from 1977 was Brooks' first running shoe hit - even President Jimmy Carter owned a pair. The shoe featured EVA (which replaced slow-rebounding rubber in midsoles) and a removable sock liner that molds to the runner's foot. Hugger GT’s specialty was breathable GORE-TEX upper.