The Converse Rubber Shoe Company was created in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse in Malden, Massachusetts, the iconic All Star sports shoe was designed by the company in 1917. It consisted of a rubber sole with a canvas upper and had been designed for the pro basketball league players.
The original shoe’s innovative detail was the “loose lining” of soft canvas intended to move along with sweaty gym socks and prevent blisters.
Converse sponsored “The Converse All Star” basketball team and in 1921, Charles “Chuck” Taylor joined the team. In addition to selling the shoes, which he loved, Mr Taylor proposed design changes to the shoes to improve support and a patch for ankle protection. He also travelled to high schools across the US majoring on the fundamentals of the game.
The shoes’ sales started to take off by 1960’s Converse Chuck Taylor All Star were being worn by ninety percent of pro and college basketball players.
Gradually the shoes broke out from being purely an athletic shoe to become a regular site off the basketball court. Being particularly popular with musicians from Elvis Presley to Kurt Cobain to Miley Cyrus!
In 2003 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star became a subsidiary of Nike, Inc.
My Converse Chuck Taylor All Star: Despite owning a dark blue pair in the late 1970’s this post is more for my three kids each of who has worn and loved Converse All Stars for many years. Whether they are in canvass or leather – a great option particularly for the low-top versions – they have invariably been part of school uniform but only rarely seen on a basketball court.
My brother in law has to get special mention as he had a contrasting pair to complete his wedding day attire – his very clear personal style statement – to a lovely day.
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