Posts for: September, 2015
In 1917, Converse Rubber Shoe Company designed a high-top canvas shoe called the ALL STAR. A few years later, a basketball player and shoe salesman by the name of Charles "Chuck" Taylor made improvements to the design. Eventually Taylor's signature was put into the logo, which is how the shoe became known as the "Chuck Taylor All Star”.
By the 1960s, it was being worn by ninety percent of professional and college basketball players. Tree Rollins, current assistant coach with the WNBA's Chicago Sky, was the last player to wear Converse All Stars in the NBA.
Chuck Taylor All Star is now made in a variety of colors, styles, prints and fabrics, including a low-cut version. After Converse filed for bankruptcy, the company was bought by Nike.
A major issue with this shoe has been its lack of arch support. Finally the all-new Chuck Taylor All Star II debuted this summer, incorporating Nike's cushioning technology while maintaining Chuck’s icnoic design. Chuck I and the Chuck II are being sold side by side, though the Chuck II is slightly more expensive.