Adolf Dassler

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179


Adolf Dassler was born in Herzogenaurach, German Empire in 1900 to Christoph and Aldirdas.  At 13 he completed his formal education and was apprenticed to a baker.  Being a baker did not appeal to young Adolf but what did was his love for sporting events.  He engaged in a variety of sporting events, track, soccer, boxing, ice-hockey, skiing and ski jumping.  He fashioned his own equipment. 

At 14 he was conscripted by the German Army, but did not see action until 1918 just before the end of WWI.  After the war, he followed in his father’s footsteps as a cobbler.  He produced one of the earliest spiked shoes with spikes forged by the local smithy.  When WWII started he was again conscripted into the Nazi Party.  He was arrested after the war and was hold for a year while the investigation continued.  He was released in 1946. In 1949, he founded a company which I’m sure you’ve heard of.

What you may not know about Adolf is that the company he founded is Adidas. Oh yeah, his brother Rudolf founded Puma.  Adolf died in 1978.

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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

They live on with all those soles on the ground.

Aug 31, 2019 05:02 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Must say, I did not really know. I did, however score with a SWAG! Enjoy your day!

Aug 31, 2019 05:08 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Know of the brands but not the background.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 31, 2019 05:13 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I didn't know this piece of history or the family relationship to the industry.  

Aug 31, 2019 05:36 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What an incredible story about the founding of Adidas and Puma, James. Never heard any of it till this morning.

Aug 31, 2019 06:12 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - certainly know that brand.  We have some puma sweat pants.

Aug 31, 2019 07:12 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Interesting James,  Always good to know about these people that made it big in business.

Aug 31, 2019 07:38 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

Like most here, I know the brands but not their history. 

Aug 31, 2019 09:45 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I was aware of their history as well as their rivalry.

Aug 31, 2019 11:12 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I knew their brands, but I did not know of their rivalry.  Both brothers joined the Nazi party is what I remember!  A

Aug 31, 2019 11:34 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- incredibly interesting story. One of my favorite fun shoes is my pair of Pumas. 

Aug 31, 2019 12:11 PM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, thank you for the history behind Adidas and Puma.  Interesting!

Aug 31, 2019 12:31 PM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 Those are some high-powered athletic shoes and just think out of one family James Dray 

Aug 31, 2019 05:05 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James wow first time in a  very long time I actually knew about the people you wrote about, and these two I did:)) Endre

Aug 31, 2019 11:23 PM #16
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Very clever and hardworking survivors.  Adidas is a very successful company.

Sep 01, 2019 03:55 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this very interesting story.

Sep 01, 2019 11:51 AM #18
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I listened to a book on tape recently about great rivalries - this was one of them

Sep 02, 2019 04:00 AM #19
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That's fun to thionk of a cobblers sons following in their dad's "foot steps" James Dray 

Sep 02, 2019 07:01 AM #20
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I'm curious to know more about why each brother formed a different company.

Sep 03, 2019 12:41 PM #21
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

totally amazing.  would have NEVER guessed.  thanks again for a great read on historical inventions and personalities!

Sep 29, 2019 03:14 PM #22
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