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Converse has several collections of shoes for its current customer--you. They carry recreations of the classic styles that made the brand a household name, as well as new styles made for specific activities. To say they offer a variety of kicks is putting it mildly. The staunch style individualists among us have the option to design a color scheme all their own.
This is based on a model that debuted in 1935 and recreates the style of court shoe designed by the famous Jack Purcell. Purcell was a national badminton champion in the '30s, '40s and '50s. He was also an accomplished tennis player and wore the Converse shoe during competitions. Available in almost a dozen colors, and also available to be customized, the shoe's thick rubber sole and thin canvas low-top upper is part of the Jack Purcell signature design.
Chuck Taylor All Star
This is what most people think of when they think of Converses. The high-top shoe, with its signature star on the side, was the first shoe the company produced. Debuting as the "All Star" in 1917, the style gained a nickname after it was endorsed by the famous basketball player Chuck Taylor. Taylor represented the brand from 1918 until 1968. No longer confined to the b-ball court, and available in low and high-top styles, "Chucks" are worn from L.A. to Brooklyn by all ages and both genders.
Shoe technology has come a long way since the early days of Converse. While Jack Purcell and early basketball players played in simple rubber sneakers, the professionals of today demand more modern versions. That's where the Converse Basketball and Performance Basketball collections comes in. These shoes are cut, shaped and supported to give athletes their best game possible.
Converse didn't stop at basketball, badminton or tennis. The company has a small line of skateboarding shoes, too. Incorporating the most up-to-date shoe technology, these shoes provide comfort and grip for all you skater girls to practice your tricks with confidence.