Gucci was originally a luxury leather-goods maker, famed for its hand-made luggage and iconic horsebit loafers. Not sportswear. That said, it had always been a champion of leisure, and what are sneakers for but down time? Pioneering as ever, Gucci led the charge and held the torch for high-end trainers with the launch of the first luxury sneaker. The Gucci Tennis, their original style, was introduced in 1984 amongst the perms and spandex and excess of a decade that gave birth to Miami Vice and Madonna. The Tennis had Gucci printed on the tongue and rubberised soles and stripes that mimicked their famous Gucci Web. Rarely if ever used for their namesake purpose, they were as much a status symbol as the Porsche in the drive and marked the dawn of a new era, one where wearing trainers for anything other than sport was totally acceptable. Less about performance, more about posing. And so our obsession began.