Nike is one of the world’s most popular retailers of athletic clothing and footwear.
Despite a majority of the Western population owning at least one item made by Nike, the average person really doesn’t know much about the company.
So here is our list of…
#1 Happy Birthday
It was founded on January 25th, 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight.
#2 Not Enough To Buy Half A Sneaker
The famous solid swoosh logo was designed for just $35 by Carolyn Davidson, a student at Portland State University. At least the company made up for it, later on. Davidson was given more than $640,000 worth of Nike products.
#3 OMG Did They Really Do It
The slogan ‘Just Do It’, which is now recognized the world over. Incredibly the slogan was inspired by the last words spoken by serial killer Gary Gilmore before he was executed ‘Let’s do it’.
#4 Must Be The Shoes
Nike sells more than 900 million items every single year. This means Nike sells approximately:
- 2.4 Million items per day.
- 102 Thousand items per hour.
- 1.7 Thousand items per minute.
- 28 items per second
#5 A Conspiracist Nut’s Worst Nightmare
One of Nike’s most recent innovations is a shoe that can be electronically paired up to a smartphone. The footwear contains a computing device that is embedded into it and can be connected to the smartphone of whoever is wearing the shoes.
In 1978, for the first time ever, a Beatles song was used in their new Air Max shoe commercial. The song which was chosen for the ad was Revolution No. 9.
#7 LOL ‘Dimension 6’
When the company first started, it was called Blue Ribbon Sports. Phil Knight, one of the co-founders, wanted to change the name to ‘Dimension 6′. In 1971, the name of the company was finally changed to what we know and love today.
#8 Jordan: Just Don’t Do It!
The Air Jordan 1 was made famous by basketball player Michael Jordan; however, Jordan hated the colors red and black when he first saw the shoes.
#9 Shaq Being Shaq
Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal went to meet the owners dressed entirely in Reebok apparel. This was because he knew he didn’t want to sign with them.
#10 The Marty McFly’s
Nike doesn’t only design shoes. They created the Bat boot for the first Batman movie, as well as the hoverboarding shoes that were worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future: Part II.