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The sports shoes that helped Muhammad Ali and Serena Williams become champions

The renown of sports shoes long outlives that of the sports stars who made them famous. Sneakers – the ones that stick – become legendary in their own right and leave their first adopters far behind. Who really thinks of Fred Perry when they see a pair of Dunlop Green Flashes – which, incidentally, were much less green when Perry first wore them? Or of …

Stylewatch: medal-winning looks from the Rio Olympics

Bolting for gold Because nothing says “I got this” quite like showing up to a race wearing gold trainers (a pair of Puma Bolt evoSPEED Electric V2 Running Spikes, to be precise). Normcore podium charm Yuanhui Fu of China during the medal ceremony for the women’s 100m backstroke final. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images Yuanhui Fu’s bronze at the women’s 100m backstroke final might not be …

Colin Jackson: coming from the world of sport, I’ve got decent legs

If I’m not clean-shaven I’m not happy going out the door. I have to run a quick razor over my face to make sure my skin’s nice and smooth. Moisturising is very important (I use Kiehl’s) and I’ll do an Aesop parsley seed face mask on the last Sunday of every month. I spend the longest time moisturising my body; I get through a tub …

Gary Lineker's pants – buy of the day

Gary Lineker stayed good to his word and, in a studio filled with reverie and innuendo, presented the first segment of last weekend’s Match of the Day, as he promised he would if Leicester City won the Premier League title in 2015 in his underwear. But were they pants? Or shorts, possibly? No one was certain. The reaction on Twitter started out confused, then snowballed …

Stylewatch: Simone Biles's leotard wins gold in style

When BBC commentator Christine Still described Simone Biles has “having pretty much everything,” style was one of her primary attributes. If Still was talking about her gymnastic prowess, she has actual style too. Biles’ trademark ribbons and helix earring. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images Some of it, necessarily for an athlete, is in the detail. If she’s so good at gymnastics that she’s patented her own …