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In 2015 an American from Boston was visiting Copenhagen when he stumbled into a second-hand store on a sleepy side street.  He'd only been in Denmark a few hours but he was already gaining a respect for the simple beauty and style on display in virtually every shop. Among the mid-century Scandinavian furniture, vintage clothing and costume jewelry he came across a slightly used pair of sneakers. They were canvas and they looked nothing like any other sneakers he'd ever seen.   They carried the essence of the 1970s. The stitching was heavier, the cotton laces felt fluffier and there was...

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There are very few wildly successful, cult-like brands from the 1970s that have disappeared without a trace. There are exceptions of course.  Like Polaroid whose technology simply became outdated.   But popular fashion brands? They usually stick around. And they rarely vanish into thin air. We discovered a Scandinavian sneaker from the early 1970s whose current level of obscurity defies its decades of success.   An American stumbled across the sneakers in a second-hand store in Copenhagen in 2015.  He had never seen anything like them.  They seemed to embody the 70s. Sturdy hand stitching, fluffy white laces, and a cool patch of...

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There are dozens of sneaker brands in the world. Some, like Nike, are massive and you hear about them every day.  Others like Backyard and Startas are small but growing brands with incredibly fascinating backstories. One comes from Denmark, the happiest place on earth and it's heritage traces back to the glories of racquet sports and national sports heroes.  The other comes from the former Yugoslavia who's war-ravaged recent history is anything but happy. Each brand has it's place in their nation's past, present and future.  And both stories will make you smile. Last month I set out to chronicle...

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Even the most decorated sneaker-heads have never heard of these wildly popular and unique sneaker brands from around the world.             Year of origin: 1972 Country of origin: Denmark Backstory: Backyard footwear was established in 1972 as a performance badminton shoe.  The sneakers were immensely popular throughout Europe in the 80s and 90s. Available for the first time in the USA in 2016. website: www.backyard-usa.com       Year of origin: 1976 Country of origin: Yugoslavia Backstory: Originally created for the sport of table tennis. Many styles feature bows and other decorations. website: www.startas-shoes.com  ...

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