We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Adidas, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the popular sports apparel brand that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: The Three Stripes Were Designed for Function, Not Style. It might be hard to believe, but it’s true. The three stripes that made the brand famous were originally placed there to provide the shoe with stability.
Number Seven: There’s a Meaning for That Trefoil Logo. The brand’s Trefoil logo was actually designed to represent the diversity of the brand and was debuted at the 1972 Olympics set in Munich.
Number Six: Jeremy Scott Has Been Working With Them for Awhile. You might be familiar with Jeremy Scott’s full line of shoes with Adidas, but did you know that he’s been working with the brand for quite awhile? Scott has been working with the brand since 2002.
Number Five: It Sued Payless for $305 Million – And Won. In 2008, Adidas sued Payless for copying their three stripes, and they got $305 million out of it.
Number Four: Dassler Was Almost a Baker, Not a Shoemaker. Before Adidas’ founder, Adi Dassler, began making shoes, he had an apprenticeship as a baker. He was going to pursue baking as a career, but thankfully for the rest of us, he eventually decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and make shoes.
Number Three: Dassler’s Brother Founded Puma. Dassler’s brother was Rudolph Dassler, and he founded the shoe company Puma. So not only were the two brothers wildly successful shoemaker, but their father was too. They must have a special family secret!
Number Two: It Nearly Went Bankrupt. Adidas was really struggling in the early 1990s and nearly went bankrupt. The brand admitted to making bad decisions strategically; however, they eventually recovered.
Number One: Its Former CEO Has an Interesting Connection to Seinfeld. The company’s former CEO was Robert Louis-Dreyfus who – you may have guessed – is related to Seinfeld‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Adidas!