The Converse All Stars are 100 Years Old

By  USDR

 

Converse and basketball go together like ham and eggs. And now the iconic sneaker is a long standing member of pop  culture.

The brand is now over one hundred years old, and has cushioned the feet of skateboarders, basketball players, and millions of ordinary men and  women.

Their centenary marketing campaign “Connectivity” linked past pop heroes like Hunter S. Thompson and James Dean with more recent celebs such as Joan Jett and Dwayne  Wade.

Chucks started out primarily as footwear for basketball players, way back in 1907. Today basketball players still wear them, but their appeal has broadened to include everyone who wants to feel a little bit edgy and  creative.

It all started at a New England shoe factory when Marquis Mills Converse put rubber soles on boots and work shoes. With dedicated attention to detail and patience, Converse turned his ordinary shoes into a fashion  phenom.

Their transcendent appeal works on multiple levels  today:

They’re comfortable to wear in any weather, on any  surface.

They appeal to jocks, geeks, artists, skateboarders, rebels, soccer moms, and just about anyone else who enjoys splashy colors or severe black, and a bit of  daring.

Their price is still reasonable; around forty dollars. You don’t have to be Bill Gates to own a  pair.

To play real American basketball you need only three things: A hoop. A ball. And a pair of  chucks.

There’s no Velcro. You still tie the fat laces like your dad did, and his dad before him!  The laces can be anything from pure white to a paisley panic of  colors.

Will All Stars you get that big rubber piece in front that looks so cool, and protects your toes from being mashed and  smashed.

You can get a huge selection of print patterns, roll downs, and, of course, the simple elegance of the classic  black.

Getting that first pair of Chucks has been a rite of passage not only for American kids, but now world-wide. They’re worn with pride and panache from Singapore to Sydney, from Tokyo to  Timbuktu!

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