10 facts about Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers
Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers were first released back in the early 20th century, but since then their appearance has not changed much (until recently). Chuck Taylor II, the new Converse line, which appeared on store shelves in late July 2016, is made of a slightly different material and is equipped with better foot support. But at the same time, the updated model is very similar to the original Converse Chuck Taylor. This is the most popular and best-selling Converse sneaker in the world. According to company estimates, over 500,000,000 pairs have already been sold in the history of Converse sneakers. Undoubtedly, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star can be called the most famous sneakers in the history of sports shoes. In honor of Converse’s superiority over other sneakers, we’ve prepared 11 facts about the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars.
1. Converse Chuck Taylor was originally a sports shoe
Converse All-Star debuted in 1917 as sports sneakers. They quickly became the No. 1 shoe for basketball, which at that time was considered a relatively new sport (basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891, but the NBA was founded only at the end of 1946). By the end of the 1940s, most NBA players flaunted in Converse. They remain the best-selling basketball shoes of all time, despite the fact that the number of people who use them to play basketball has declined rapidly. In the late 60s, many NBA basketball teams switched to Adidas basketball shoes.
2. Converse produced rubber boots
The Converse brand was founded in 1908 as a rubber shoe company. Just imagine, the first shoes Converse made were rubber galoshes.
3. The design of the All-Star model has not really changed since 1917
The updated Chuck II was Converse’s first real attempt to upgrade its flagship product from the beginning of the 20th century. The company, for obvious reasons, was reluctant to upgrade top models. The All-Stars line brings most of the company’s revenue, and like any classic design, its fans do not like change. In the 1990s, when the company tried to bring newer and more comfortable All-Stars to the market, ardent fans were outraged. After that, the company returned to creating the familiar classic Converse All-Star.
4. Chuck Taylor was a basketball player and coach
Chuck Taylor was a salesman and professional basketball player who traveled to basketball camps and sold shoes since the 1920s. His name was added to Converse sneakers in 1932.
5. And although he sold a lot of shoes, he was not the best coach
Taylor was largely responsible for distributing shoes among athletes (the company provided him with an unlimited account for this matter), but his advice was not the most helpful. As former Carolina University player Larry Brown said:
My biggest memory of Chuck Taylor was in 1961 or 1962 when he told our coach that he would prepare special weighted sneakers for the University of Carolina team. The idea was that we would wear weighted sneakers in training, and during the game we would use normal basketball sneakers. This will allow us to run faster and jump higher during the game. We conducted one training session in them and many players stretched their hamstrings, after which the experiment ended.
6. Converse never thought they would become punk shoes
“We have always positioned ourselves as a sports shoe company,” said John O’Neil, who oversaw Converse’s marketing department from 1983 to 1997. The company continued to advertise its shoes as basketball shoes until the end of 2012. Converse sneakers are known as an attribute of punk culture. In the late 1970s, they were worn by members of many punk bands such as Ramones and Blondie. They became popular again in the 1990s – this time among grunge fans. Currently popular with various subcultures.
7. Converse owns a recording studio
Having decided to take its place on the music scene, the company launched in 2011 in Brooklyn a recording studio called Rubber Tracks, where groups could record for free.
8. The first Chuck Taylor models were only with high shafts.
Only in 1962 Converse its first low Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Previously, the company produced only high-top sneakers. Four years later, the company will launch the first colored sneakers, before that you could buy Chuck Taylor All-Stars in white and black only.
9. Even boxers love Chuck Taylor All-Stars
In 1976, All-Stars was considered a viable athletic shoe. If you look closely at the training scenes in the Rocky movie, you will see that boxers conduct classes in Converse sneakers.
10. Wiz Khalifa loves Chuck Taylors sneakers
The rapper named his record label Taylor Ganag Records, in part because of his appreciation to Chuck Taylor.