Gym shoes and sneakers are both a part of our everyday lives—we wear them as everyday footwear, to exercise and at work. We often use these two words interchangeably, even though there’s a small, subtle difference between them. Gym shoes were developed especially for sport, whereas sneakers are generally look- or style-related.
From gym shoe to sneaker
The line between gym shoes and sneakers isn’t exactly clear. That’s because the history of sneakers is very similar to gym shoes. In the 19th century, the first gym shoes were created. These shoes had a very rigid, rubber sole and were primarily used (and beloved) by athletes.
Over the years, gym shoes kept developing. Then, thanks to Charles Goodyear, gym shoes started to be made using a softer sole made of vulcanized rubber. The sole made the shoes so soft—and made it so easy for their wearer to “sneak” across the floor—that the sneaker was born. More and more famous stars like Chuck Taylor, Mick Jagger or Michael Jordan began to wear sneakers in their everyday lives. That’s how sneakers turned into a stylish fashion symbol.
In contrast to sneakers, gym shoes are produced with emphasis on the shoes’ athletic aspects. Properties like cushioning, fit and sole vary depending on each specific sport, and are designed to correctly support their wearer through athletic activity.
The Giesswein Merino Sneaker
Our Giesswein Merino Sneakers combine style and comfort. They’re made of our unique 3D Stretch Merino wool material, which allows the sneaker to fit your foot like a glove. The shoes’ soft wool is breathable, and is temperature- and moisture-regulating—which means that your feet will neither be too warm nor too cold in any temperature, and that they’ll always stay comfortably dry. Our slip-free sole system, made of feather-light EVA material, will make you feel like you’re floating through the streets.
You can also ditch your socks while wearing our Merino Shoes—yes, you can wear them barefoot—without sweating. What Are Barefoot Shoes? You can get all the answers you need on our blog.