May 29, 2014 § 8 Comments


The Converse Rubber Shoe Company was founded in 1908. In 1917 they created a shoe called the All Star and in 1921, basketball player Charles “Chuck” Taylor joined a basketball team sponsored by Converse — The Converse All Stars. Taylor became a salesman for the company and made improvements to the shoe.


  These days Converse appears to be a style choice.


…and Nike dominates the neighborhood basketball courts.


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Photo: Arthur Rothstein

Photo: Arthur Rothstein, Sept. 1935

Sneakers: Where Can’t They Go? – New York Times



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§ 8 Responses to CONVERSE

  • awax1217 says:

    I remember seeing the sneaks on the lines. Never understood why. Always thought of a bully making someone take off his sneaks and hoisting them. Notice I stated his, girls never wore sneaks to my early knowledge.

    • Julia says:

      I always thought kids threw them up at the end of the school year. My husband said they use to do it when they outgrew their shoes. When I googled it, there wasn’t any one answer and some sinister ones.

  • Converse sneakers make me feel like a teenager again (and that was a LONG time ago!). fun post!

  • NE.Perkins says:

    My children have been wearing chucks since they were both born. I, on the other hand have never worn them. Being a size 10 in women’s shoes…I could ski with those on my feet 🙂

    • Julia says:

      That’s funny…after I posted this I started notice how many kids I see wearing these on the playground, subway, street here.

      • NE.Perkins says:

        My oldest says they make him run faster. We watched the first Rocky movie and he was wearing chucks while running. Now he totally believes it.

  • Julia says:

    Cute! Reminds me of when my son watched Popeye for the first time. All of a sudden he loved spinach.

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