Top Ten Sports Shoe Brands Worldwide

At the beginning of 2010, I think it is necessary to give the public a clear guideline of the world famous sports shoes brand like Nike shoes and etc. Here is a simple list of top ten sports shoes brand. If you have got any interests of purchasing a pair of sports shoe, you could take the list as a source.

1. Nike
As a well-known American sports brand, Nike was famous for its high quality Nike shoes and advanced technology. Besides, the swoosh logo as well as the popular slogan “just do it” make it one of a kind and gain a great amount of reputation.

2. Adidas
Created by Germany, Adidas has represented a special kind of status. Founded in 1948, Adidas has helped countless athletes to achieve success. Thus, it is a successful example which perfectly combined both trust and respect of the public.

3. Reebok
Reebok is a subsidiary of German sportswear giant Adidas. It firstly originated from Europe mainly in UK, then expansion its business to international.

4. Puma
During fifty years development, puma grows up from a small shoes factory in a German village into a transnational corporation worldwide.

5. Fila
Founded in Italy in 1926, the products of Fila involved many fields including sports shoes area. Now, it has become one of the most famous fashion sports shoes brand in Italy.

6. Converse
The first pair of basketball shoes was produced by converse. And its classical Chuck Taylor All Star basketball shoe is still well-received all around the world.

7. New Balance
Eschewing expensive advertising campaigns, New Balance has nevertheless grown to be one of the largest makers of sports footwear in the world. To offset the pricing discrepancy with Nike, Adidas and other companies, it offers technical innovations that others do not, such as greater selection of size, a blend of gel inserts or heel counters.

8. K-Swiss
K-Swiss was founded by two Swiss brothers who were interested in tennis and introduced the first leather tennis shoes. It was once elected as the best company by American Footwear News magazine.

9. Asics
Asics is a Japanese athletic equipment company. And it had become widely renowned for their running shoes as being amongst the top performance footwear in the market.

10. Hi-Tec
Hi-Tec is the world`s leading outdoor sports brand, at the same time it is a veteran hiking shoes in British. It mainly focuses its attention on mid-price range of the market.

Adidas Originals – The Ultimate Sportswear Brand

Adidas, the brand was founded in 1949 and is named after the founder – Adolf Dassler. The brand is dedicated to performance and many sport legends wear them. The company has been a pioneer in the sports world at all levels for more than 80 years. It manufactures footwear, accessories and apparel. Today, this group is leading the sports goods field and offers a broad spectrum of products. These products are known for their performance and comfort. This German brand has also expanded into bags, eyewear and watches.

The company was later run by Adolf Dassler’s wife and son. The Adidas Originals is a design label that has the original styles of clothing and shoes worn in new style and creative ways. These include fashions for sports like Basketball, tennis, soccer, running and other outdoor sports. Adidas Originals credits the mighty athletes by their specific three stripe style and trefoil that is most recognizable all over the world. This label has made its presence in shorts, jackets, tees, polo shirts, and pants. They are available for both men and women.

The bags also display the same iconic motifs like their clothing and shoe lines. They are great with any casual wear for a day out or during travel. These bags are ideal for carrying all your gym gear and accessories for a sport practice. For any athlete or player, this brand’s products display a sense of style, and are considered to make a statement.

The brand always uses quality materials and care is given to every small detail. Functionality of the product is also pondered about for minor aspects like pockets, buttons etc. Many of us like to listen to music while in the gym. The clothing by this brand offers ample space for carrying electronic items that aid us in listening to music while working out. The shoes too are made with the best available materials that give a lot of comfort.

Uniqueness and style is the motto of this collection. This has tees and dresses for every occasion and mood. “Play to win” has been its principle on performance in sports. Their sports products are strong, natural, cool and smart. The Adidas Originals group is an inspiring sportswear line with a message that says, celebrate originality. It has been commended to become the sportswear of the future and caters to a large section of people.

The official website is also helpful in online shopping. They have intricate details of all the products with eye appealing displays. These are sold at affordable rates too. Some products need to have a trial period so that you can get a feel of them before purchasing. However, this option might not be available while shopping online.

Adidas Turning 60

Three parallel strips. Three stripes that marked the path of a modest German shoemaker but also of many great athletes from various generations throughout the world. The history of Adidas that turned 60 years old in 2009, started when Adi Dassler decided to develop a line of original athletic products that would meet the challenging requirements of athletes that were becoming increasingly competitive.

An innovator and sports enthusiast, that shoe manufacturer from Baviera didn’t imagine that with his three stripes, many great records would be created in sports history; Nadia Comaneci, the jump of the century by the American Athlete Bob Beamon and the Grand Slam by tennis great Stephie Graph just to name a few

Dassler, whose bother founded Puma, was a pioneer in sponsoring star athletes from all sports to promote his brand. His interest and passion for sport were also a central point to his life. He perceived his mission was to help athletes evolve by offering the best product possible for them. Adidas has remained faithful to that mission during six decades and that has made it possible for them to be one of the most recognized brands around the globe.

The current CEO is Erich Stamminger who is currently focusing the company’s efforts on two market segments: Sport Performance and Sport Style while using the slogan “Impossible is Nothing”.

Adidas looks to deepen the link between the brand and its consumers while marketing the brand as a world leader partly through its premium prices. For Stamminger, the same passion for sport which defined the company in the early years is the key to the company’s future. That future path, just like the current slogan, is led by a spirit of nothing is impossible.

As a tribute to their 60 years, the Vespa collection mixes clothing and footwear that reflect different lifestyles with designs that are both classic and pure. Besides a wide variety of shirts, classic jackets, this collection has various noteworthy shoes. One of them was actually inspired by the Vespa Gran Lusso from the 1950’s with details that were used from that nostalgic scooter.

Company Profiles – Adidas

In the 2007 Annual report, Herbert Hainer the CEO of Adidas discusses some of the issues of the previous year (2007). One of the issues is about the integration of Reebok. Two years ago, Adidas surprised investors with their bid for Reebok. “most (investors) agree that the deal will help to compete against Nike,” was one of the headlines by that time, as well as: “Warren Buffet will continue investing in Nike.”

Hainer responds to some of the concerns, like that of the flat sales of Reebok in 2007.
…major management changes at the Reebok brand, like that to improve the US distribution; even stopping supply to the brand’s largest customer where excess inventories had led to a significant decline in profitability… But the real test is still in front of us – making the Reebok brand more relevant to consumers. The brand needs simple messages that stick, and that’s why its 2008 products and marketing strategies focus on two important concepts – fit and choice. Reebok is striving to be the brand that “fits me”.

Reebok has sharpened its 2008 product offering by including 893 new fit initiatives throughout its collections … According to the report, sales will grow in nearly all other markets – especially Russia and China – where the brand took over distribution for the first time in 2007.

Another concern is the economic climate in North America which “has deteriorated in recent months.”
– Yes, economic conditions in North America have become more difficult. Nonetheless, I am optimistic we will outperform most of our competitors during this period of relative economic weakness. We are a regionally diversified Group, which is one of our most significant strengths… Today, we have a much broader distribution base and a significantly improved performance product and partnership portfolio in the region. Therefore, I am confident that the adidas brand will again grow in North America in 2008 – although it is likely to be at lower levels than in recent years. At Reebok … growth in this market in 2009.

About the performance of TaylorMade-adidas Golf in 2007 and about the priorities for this business going forward…
… strives to be the best performance golf business in the world. … adidas Golf sales of footwear and apparel grew at double-digit rates for the fifth consecutive year. Segment like-for-like sales, excluding the effects of the Greg Norman Collection wholesale business divestiture, grew 9 % on a currency-neutral basis, driven by increases in all major categories. For 2008, increasing profitability is our top priority. … We sold Maxfli because we now have all the know-how we need to be successful in the premium golf ball category. We are focused on growing our core golf brands: TaylorMade and adidas Golf.

About the financial performance in 2008 (after a solid 2007…):
… We expect high-single-digit currency-neutral sales growth – driven by improvements at all of our brands. Gross margin will range between 47.5 % and 48 %. And our operating margin will expand to at least 9.5 %. Through this strong operational performance, we will increase net income by at least 15 %.

In 2008 there will be additional costs related to the year’s major sporting events. And the company will continue with the share buyback program. Adidas will be able to deliver earnings improvement of at least 15 % -” marking our eighth consecutive year of double-digit earnings growth.”

Since completing the Reebok acquisition (Q1 2006) Adidas has reduced net borrowings by around EUR 1.2 billion. The financial leverage at the end of 2007 is 58.4 %. “We now have flexibility to deliver more aggressive shareholder returns.” Total dividend will be increased by 19 %, ” we will return more to shareholders in 2008 than ever before.”

It is interesting to see that Adidas is much to do about style. In the annual report, the executive board members do not wear a tie…There are four members, “each responsible for at least one major business unit within the Group:”

Herbert Hainer (previous with Procter & Gamble), joined adidas Germany in 1987, joined the board in 1997 and became CEO in 2001. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of FC Bayern München AG, Munich, Germany.
Glenn Bennett (New Hampshire, USA) began his professional career with Reebok International Ltd. In 1993 (thus long before the acquisition of Reebok) Glenn Bennett joined adidas. In 1997, Glenn Bennett was appointed to the Executive Board where he assumed responsibility for all Footwear, Apparel and Accessories & Gear Operations activities shortly thereafter.
Robin J. Stalker (New Zealand) joined adidas AG in 1996, Chief Financial Officer since 2000 and was appointed to the Executive Board, responsible for Finance, in 2001. In 2005, he assumed additional responsibility as Labor Director.
Erich Stamminger (Rosenberg, Germany) joined adidas in 1993. He served in numerous marketing positions before becoming Managing Director for Germany. In 1997, he was appointed to the Executive Board and became Head of Global Marketing in 2000. Four years later, he was named President and CEO of adidas North America, while maintaining his position as Head of Global Marketing. In 2006, he was named President and CEO of the adidas brand.

The organization is managed through three main Divisions:

AdidAs (69 % of Group sales). With Sport performance … to support athletes in all sports, the sport performance division is mainly focused on four key categories: running, football, basketball and training. “Engineered to perform.” Technological innovation and a commitment to performance are the cornerstones of this division. And with Sport Style the adidas sport style division is a leading supplier of authentic sports lifestyle products with its originals line.
… during 2007 the previous divisions sport heritage and sport style have been realigned into a single division
tAYloRMAde-AdidAs Golf (8 %1) of Group sales) With Taylormade … a leader in the industry and is the number one metalwood supplier. And AdidaS Golf
Reebok (23 % of Group sales). Reebok … an American-inspired, global brand that creates and markets sports and lifestyle products built upon a strong heritage and authenticity in sports, fitness and women’s categories. Other brands are: Reebok-ccm Hockey, and Rockport .