The NBA was founded in 1946. Old shoes were used before that, but they didn’t have the same high quality and comfort as modern shoes now do. The founding of the NBA marked a new era of basketball shoes history, because it’s where new innovations and styles were introduced to basketball players. Players had to adapt quickly to these new types of sneakers if they wanted to make their mark on this game.
When basketball was first being played, it wasn't all about the shoes. In fact, many players didn't even wear shoes at all.
However, as time went on and the game evolved, so did the shoes that players wore on the court.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Converse was the dominant shoe brand in the league. Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain were two of the most famous players of this era. As a result of their popularity, Converse cemented itself as one of basketball's most iconic brands.
Today, few people know that another iconic basketball shoe was called "The Chuck." It was a style that had been around for decades but only made its way into mainstream culture when it was worn by Julius Erving and others in the '70s and '80s.