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Red Ball Jets

Before Air Jordans infected youngsters with the hysteria for footwear, Red Ball Jets were there. These were the only canvas sneaker to put on your feet in the glorious carefree days of adolescence.

Converse had All-Stars, Sears had Jeepers, and Keds had ProKeds, but kids only wanted one thing: Red Ball Jets.

Produced from 1951 to 1971 by Red Ball Inc., Red Ball Jets had a fanatical following before the days of status symbols.

Uniroyal, the United States rubber company who made rubberised soles for Keds, bought the rights in 1971 but never produced any more of the shoes.

Red Balls joined the ranks of Jeepers as long gone but not forgotten footwear.