Most iconic canvas tennis shoes of all time
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Tennies, Anyone?1 of 9
These classic rubber-soled sneakers may have been made for the courts, but they've also got plenty of old-school style. Check out our picks for the coolest canvas tennis shoes of all time.
Dunlop Volley2 of 9
The Melbourne-based Dunlop Rubber Factories began making tennis shoes in 1924. In 1939, Australian tennis player Adrian Quist helped develop Dunlop's iconic Volley shoe. At last year's Olympics, the shoe was made part of the Australian Olympics team's official uniform. While the Dunlop Volley is now sold in the U.S. (at stores including Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters in the U.S.), we could only track down the classic blue-and-white combo in men's sizes. Alas, we did manage to find this similar version is women's sizes.
SHOP NOW: Dunlop Volley, $40
Spring Court3 of 9
In 1936, Frenchman Georges Grimmeisen created the Spring Court, a shoe specifically design for playing tennis on a clay court. The shoes offered a thick rubber sole, arch support and a patented ventilation system to help keep feet cool. Spring Court's fashion breakthrough moment came when John Lennon wore a pair for the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover in 1969. J. Crew briefly carried the shoes in 2010, but no more. Today, the easiest way to find them is through the brand's Australia site.
SHOP NOW: Spring Court, $90
Lacoste4 of 9
Another Frenchman, René Lacoste parlayed his success on the court (he won seven Grand Slam singles titles) into his eponymous lifestyle brand. Following the massive popularity of his polo shirts with his signature crocodile emblem, he introduced his first tennis shoe in 1963. The shoe was relaunched in 2005 with the new name of "La René Lacoste."
SHOP NOW: René Lacoste in white, $90
Keds5 of 9
The U.S. Rubber Company launched the Keds Champion, the original canvas sneaker in 1916. A 1924 advertisement for the shoes boasted that "ELEVEN national and two world tennis championships last year all won on Keds!" In the '80s, Keds and slouchy white socks were a fashion must-have for teens. While today's Keds come with sequins, bold floral prints and polka-dots, we're still partial to the classic all-white style.
SHOP NOW: Keds Champion Originals, $40
Tretorn Nylite6 of 9
During the 1970s, five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg helped popularize the Sweden's Tretorn Nylite in the U.S. The shoes were included in The Official Preppy Handbook, published in 1980. Just last year, Tretorn began offering the Nylite in various colors beyond the traditional white with navy.
SHOP NOW: Tretorn Nylite Canvas, $48
Jack Purcell7 of 9
Champion badminton player John Edward "Jack" Purcell partnered with tire and rubber company B.F. Goodrich in 1935 to design his signature shoe. In 1955, James Dean was famously photographed wearing the sneakers, making them a symbol of casual, cool style.
SHOP NOW: Jack Purcell, $60
Fred Perry8 of 9
British tennis player Fred Perry, who won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships, launched his clothing line in 1952. Appropriately enough, the brand's laurel wreath emblem is based on the original symbol for Wimbledon.
SHOP NOW: Fred Perry Phoenix Canvas Plimsoll, $75
PF Flyers9 of 9
1933, Goodrich patented the Posture Foundation insole, and the PF Flyers shoe was born. The classic 1947 Sumfun style was reissued in 2009 and continues to be one of our favorite old-school sneakers.
SHOP NOW: PF Flyers Sumfun, $60