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Converse is an American shoe company that has been making shoes since the early 20th century. As of 1998, Converse also produces a wide range of occupational safety shoes that resemble their regular athletic shoes, by the licensee Warson Group, Inc which is located in St. Louis, MO.

1908–1941: Early days and Chuck Taylor In his late 30s, Marquis M. Converse, who was previously a respected manager at a footwear manufacturing firm, opened the Converse Rubber Shoe Company in Malden, Massachusetts in 1908. The company was a rubber shoe manufacturer, providing winterized rubber soled footwear for men, women, and children. By 1910, Converse was producing 4,000 shoes daily, but it wasn't until 1915 that the company began manufacturing athletic shoes for tennis. The company's main turning point came in 1917 when the Converse All-Star basketball shoe was introduced.


. When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Converse shifted production to manufacturing footwear, apparel, boots, parkas, rubber protective suits, and ponchos for pilots and troops. Widely popular during the 1950s and 1960s, Converse promoted a distinctly American image with its Converse Yearbook. Artist Charles Kerins created cover art that celebrated Converse's role in the lives of High School and College athletes, as the essential sports shoe.


John Edward "Jack" Purcell (December 24, 1903 – June 10, 1991) was a Canadian world champion badminton player. Born in Guelph, Ontario, Purcell won five consecutive Ontario championships from 1927 to 1931 and was national champion in 1929 and 1930. He turned professional in 1932 and was declared world champion in 1933 based on his record against leading Canadian, American and British badminton players. He retired as the undefeated champion in 1945.

Chuck Taylor All-Stars, or Converse AllStars, also referred to as "Chucks," are canvas and rubber shoes produced by Converse. They were first produced in 1917 as the "All-Star," Converse's attempt to capture the basketball shoe market. They were not particularly popular until basketball player Chuck Taylor adopted them as his preferred shoe


He was impressed with the design so he became the shoe's leading salesman. After proposing a few changes to the shoe, the shoe got its current name and Chuck Taylor's signature on its ankle patch. Although classic black is the most popular, Chuck Taylor was himself known to prefer unbleached white high-tops (known in his day as simply "white").

Despite the major setbacks for Converse in recent times, the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star is the most successful shoe in history, and has enjoyed recent popularity thanks to a resurgence of old school trends. By the turn of the 21st century, over 750 million pairs had been sold worldwide. They no longer seem to be worn by their original target market of basketball players (at least not in the professional sphere) who have moved on to more modern shoes, but instead they are now marketed to the mainstream teenagerSome are so enthusiastic about the sneakers that they have a vast, ever-growing collection.


By the turn of the 21st century, over 600 million pairs have been sold worldwide. They no longer seem to be worn by their original target market of basketballers (at least not in the professional sphere), but instead by the average boy or girl in the street. Some are so enthusiastic about the sneakers that they have a vast, evergrowing collection. They are also quite popular amongst musicians.

They are also quite popular amongst musicians. Converse All Stars have been popular for decades in the American punk, subculture. Hollywood has popularised Chucks in countless motion pictures, both with real actors and virtual ones such as Stuart Little the mouse who wears a red shoes.



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