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  • Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman meet


  • Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS) was made and founded by Phil Knight
  • The popular Cortez aka "Dope Mans" are made in Japan


  • The Swoosh logo is created by Carolyn Davidson for $35.00
  • The first Nike model shoe to hit the retail market is a soccer/football shoe
  • A Promo Nike Tee becomes the first apparel item
  • The famous Waffle Trainer is introduced, which becomes the best selling shoe in the US
  • Nike’s racing and training spiked shoe is made called the "Elite"
  • Factories for manufacturing are set up in Korea and Taiwan
  • For the first time Nike shoes are sold in Asia
  • Blue Ribbon Sports changes their company name to Nike Inc.
  • The first Nike running shoe with a air sole system to come out is the "Tailwind"
  • World Headquarters are opened in Beaverton, Oregon


  • Nike talks with the P.R. of China so they can produce shoes there
  • Nike shoes become Canada’s top seller
  • Nike shoes are now produced in 11 countries
  • The famous "NIKE AIR" Air Force 1 and Air Ace make their introduction
  • Over 200 shoes are now in Nike’s footwear line
  • The first high performance kid’s running shoe is called the "Destiny"
  • The Air Jordan makes it’s way to Nike footwear line up
  • The Sock Racer comes out and is part of the Dynamic-Fit technology
  • The first Air Max
  • The first Cross Trainer
  • The famous "Just Do It" slogan comes to life
  • The first model to combine the footbridge device and Air Sole is the Air Stab
  • Spike Lee’s "Mars Blackmon" character helps promote the third style of Air Jordan
  • Bo Jackson’s "Bo Knows" commercials include the "Just Do It" slogan
  • Nike moves to a new World Campus in Beaverton


  • The new World Campus sits on 74 acres with 570,000 square feet.
  • In Portland, Oregon the first Nike Town opens
  • The intro of the Air Huarache running shoe
  • The intro of the Air Mowabb
  • Nike Town opens in Chicago
  • Charles Barkley first signature shoe is introduced
  • The intro of the Run Walk shoe
  • Nike Town opens in Atlanta and Orange County
  • The intro of dual pressure cushioning in the Air Max
  • Nike gets distribution rights in Korea and Japan
  • The intro of Zoom Air technology
  • Nike Town New York opens
  • The Air Penny comes to life
  • So much more details in the 90's, and these are just some of the highlights.

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