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Converse — was founded by Marquis M in 1908. Converse opened the Converse Rubber shoe Company in Malden, Massachusetts USA. The Converse all star hi-top trainer has become anRead More...
The following year, Charles H. Taylor, a Akron Firestones player, championed his first pair of Converse All Stars, and whilst wearing his Converse canvas trainers, he presented basketball to Americans across the country Charles Chuck Taylor officially became America's first endorsed player in 1921; Chuck's signature was introduced to the shoes two years later within the All Star monogram. Converse trainers growth continued throughout the 30's as America's interest in basketball soared. The result Converse canvas shoes became a basketball icon, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star in particular became the sneakers for high school teams and professionals country wide.
By the mid 30s Chuck transformed the basketball world once again by inventing the modern a stitch less leather ball providing genuine bounce. Not to forget the Converse Jack Purcell shoes, by the time he lent his name to his signature badminton shoe in '35, Jack Purcell had won five consecutive Canadian championships and been announced the world badminton champion. Jack Purcell trainers today retain the legacy of its namesake and the feel of his sport in their design and branding.