The History of Converse

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The History of Converse
It was 1908 when Marquis M. Converse opened the Converse Rubber Shoe Company. Who knew that his shoes would become an American Icon? It all started with a man named Marquis M. Converse in Malden, Massachusetts who made the Converse Rubber Shoe Company. The company began as a shoe manufacturer that made rubber soled shoes for men, women, and children. Converse were made out of :brocade, corduroy, denim, flannel, hemp, lame, leather, mylar, metalized fabrics, plastic, nubuck, suede, velour, velvet, vinyl, and even wool. Shockingly by 1910 the company was creating more than 4,000 shoes daily, but it was not until 1912 when the company started to produce athletic shoes for tennis (shoesonline.com). Basketball was changed totally by the introduction of the world’s first performance basketball shoes, the Converse All Star, in 1917. One year later, a basketball player from the Akron Firestones, named Charles H. Taylor, bought his first pair of All Star shoes, and while wearing them he introduced basketball as a sport to American’s all over the country (sneakerspair.com).

Charles Chuck Taylor joined Converse in 1921 as America’s first player endorser; Chuck’s signature was added two years later in the All Star patch. Converse shoes kept getting popular and “rocketed through the 1930’s”as basketball became of interest more and more to the nation, shoe sales (conversestore.net).

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As Converse became known as basketball shoes, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star became the basketball shoes for professionals and high school teams in all parts of the country. By 1930 Chuck changed the basketball world again, this time he invented the basket ball, a stitch less leather ball that could bounce (conversestore.net).

In December of 1941 America entered the World War II, bringing Converse into yet another stage. That year Converse changed its production and started to manufacture boots, rubber protective...
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