I’ve had my pair for three years now, but that’s only because I went through an “I don’t wear chucks anymore” phase. But I’m well and truly over it!
See that’s the thing about classics, they remain relevant and even though they might slide under the radar due to some trend, they soon resurface! As have mine!
Mine are white, I’m not too crazy about any other color, you will see why once you’ve gone through the pictures below.
Also I’m not crazy about wearing them dirty, I likes mines clean and shiny and scuff free, dirty anything is NOT cool nor is it stylish.
A little history about these beloved classic sneaks…
It was in 1908 that the Converse Rubber Corporation opened for business. At first the company only made galoshes and other work related rubber shoes on a seasonal basis. But eventually the company decided it was more efficient to keep their work force employed year round, and began making athletic shoes. With the popularity of basketball, the Converse Corporation saw the need to develop a shoe that people could wear while playing basketball. After lots of research and development, the very first version of the All Star basketball shoe was produced in 1917.
The All Star shoe originally came in natural brown colors with black trim. In the 1920s, Converse All Stars were made in all black canvas or leather versions. The All Star was to be the first mass produced basketball shoe in North America. It consisted of a very thick rubber sole, and a ankle covering canvas (or sometimes leather) upper. At first sales were slow. They would rapidly increase a few years later, thanks to Charles ‘Chuck’ H. Taylor.
harles H. Taylor was a basketball player for the Akron Firestones. He liked what he saw in the All Star shoe and saw its potential for the sport of basketball As a matter of fact, he believed in the shoe so much that in 1921 he joined the Converse sales force, and later became the player/coach for the Converse All-Stars, the company’s industrial league basketball. team. Throughout his career with Converse, Taylor traveled all across the United States hosting basketball clinics and promoting the All Star shoe. His personal salesmanship plus clever marketing devices like the Converse Basketball Yearbooks put his imprint on the sport at all team levels. But the Converse Corporation also bestowed something else on him. Because he was so successful in promoting Converse All Stars, as well as making important changes in the design of the All Star shoe, in 1932, his name “Chuck Taylor” was added to the ankle patch. The “Chuck Taylor” All Star basketball shoe was born!
Despite all of the innovations and changes in the athletic shoe industry, ‘Chuck’ Taylor athletic shoes continue to live on!
Read the whole story here http://chucksconnection.com/history1.html very fascinating.
In the meantime check out ways you can wear these classics.
you’re my sugar honey iced tea baby, thanks for reading this *kisses*