I found an amazing pair of Vintage Converse Shoes At a Thrift Store for $2.00 and decided to do a little research about these cool shoes. Click HERE for the link to buy these on my Ebay store
1908 - Converse Rubber Shoe Company started out out as a rubber shoe company started by Marquis Mills. The first high top was brown with a black rubber bottom.
It wasnt until 1915 that they started to manufacture athletic shoes. In 1917, the Converse Rubber Shoe Company debuted its new indoor gym shoe, the All Star. The brown canvas models were marketed as All Stars, while the same shoes in white canvas and with a slightly different tread were called Non Skids. Both featured the brand's signature toe cap, toe bumper, license plate on the heel, and a patch over the inner ankle for protection.
In the 1920s came Basketball Player Chuck Taylor.
He played for the Akron Firestone Non-Skids in the early 1920s. The Non-Skids were an industrial league. He entered the Converse store complaining of sore feet and was offered a job as salesman and ambassador for the brand. Within a year of Taylor's arrival the company had adopted his ideas for improvements to the shoe's design to enhance its flexibility and ankle support. The restyled shoe and incorporated All-Star logo on the circular patch on the inside of the shoe to protect the ankle.
In 1932 as a way of appreciated and recognition of Chuck Taylors hard work, they printed Taylor’s name on the ankle patch of the shoe.
The 1936 Olympics used Chuck Taylor Converse shoes for the American Basketball team and won against Canada making them even more popular.
By the 1950s,The classic black and white version Chuck Taylor All Stars had become a standard among high school, collegiate, and professional basketball players.
In the 1960s Converse had captured about 70 to 80 percent of the basketball shoe market, with Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars being worn by ninety percent of professional and college basketball players.
In the 1970s shoe sales declined when more and more basketball players started wearing other brands of shoes but made a comeback in the 1980s and 1990s as a cool retro casual style shoe.
Now you can get them in pretty much any color, high or low top. These shoes are timeless and never seem to go out of style!