All the cool kids might think their Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are just hip canvas shoes. Ditto for Technicolor Nike Air Force Ones. But to the well-trained designer's eye, these kicks mark a significant departure in our fashion history: the idea that clothes designed to be worn for sports can be used as everyday garb. It appears over and over again in our cultural wardrobe: ski jackets in states with cold but no mountains, velour tracksuits on amply proportioned nonathletic types, riding jackets on people far too stylish to get near a messy horse, and sneakers only used for their intended purpose when the wearer is running to catch the bus. Although sportswear fits current fashion trends like a leather driving glove, seeing the early days of everyday sportswear is... More >>>