Converse's shoe history can be traced back to 1908, when Marquis Mills established a rubber shoe company which he called the Converse Rubber Shoe Company. By 1917, Marquis created their first basketball shoe, which was a brown high top sneaker with a black sole that didn't really successfully fly off the shelves. By 1920, they renamed their basketball shoes as All Star, which was strengthened and brought into popularity by basketball player Charles 'Chuck' Taylor, whom Converse hired as their very first brand ambassador. Come 1932, Converse officially recognized Chuck Taylor's role in the brand by printing his name on the ankle patch of the shoe, creating the Converse logo history.
But it wasn't always a smooth-sailing road for the once footwear giant. When Chuck died in 1968, the brand underwent a series of changes in management and ownership until it ultimately filed for bankcruptcy in 2001. This is when Nike stepped in and bought the brand.
Now, we no longer know Converse as a performance sneaker but as a shoe that can be worn by everyone. Thus, "Converse All Star sneakers became a symbol of self-expression," the brand says. Converse sneakers are now worn by unique individuals to tell their story, living in their favorite pairs, and treating their Converse shoes as part of their life. True enough, Converse continues to be one of the country's favorite brand of sneakers for its durability, laidback vibe, and versatility. Below, check out all the sneakers that everyone loved and bought the most in the past year.
Chuck Taylor All Star Ballet Lace Slip
This ultra feminine iteration of the classic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaks is an easy slip-on shoe, taking style notes from a ballet shoe's soft silhouette. It has been around since 1957 and features thinner soles and slimmer form.
Converse El Distrito Brights
The El Distrito Brights are your ever reliable sneakers. They were originally designed for everyday wear, able to withstand daily wear and tear as they're equipped with a durable upper and extra padding in the tongue and lining.
Chuck Taylor All Star Madison Retro Charm
This retro-inspired pair amps up the comfort of Chuck Taylor's All Star design. The Madison Retro Charm sneakers have paddings on the collar, heel, and tongue, making them your ultimate go-to for everyday comfort. What's more, this pair has that iconic vulcanized rubber sole with an OrthoLite insole for added cushioning. You can live in this shoe all day long!
Converse Costa Peached Canvas
The Converse Costa sneaker offers a fresh streetwear-ready design with its vulcanized midsole in soft peached canvas and exposed stitching.
Converse Point Star Sport Mix
This Converse sneaker is the perfect mix of sporty and street. It features breathable nylon upper materials for extra durability, a padding in its tongue and collar, plus a cushioning sockliner for added comfort and a sturdy rubber outsole for superior traction.
Chuck Taylor All Star Line
This is the pair that started it all for Converse. The All Star line has a classic cotton canvas upper and a vulcanized rubber sole adorned with a star-centered ankle patch (for the Hi iterations), rubber toecap, toe bumper, and striping. For the Lows, the most bought pairs in the country come in white, navy blue, and black. Meanwhile, the Hi-tops are most loved in classic black and white pairs.