There are probably more options for athletic shoes than any other type of shoe. I remember when I was growing up, my friends and I would go to the mall every other weekend. One thing to do there was to obsess over the latest and greatest sneaker styles. Everyone growing up in the late 80's/ early 90's will recall the Air Jordan was the crème de la crème of the footwear universe. Over the years I've worn athletic shoes less and less and big boy shoes more and more. But I've always need a pair of athletic shoes for running/jogging/walking and basketball and whatever else I've done to keep an active lifestyle.
The New Balance US574 is made in the USA, customizable, and a great place to start with athletic sneakers.