Converse- the history behind the shoe

I can’t think of anyone who hasn’t heard of Converse, I bet most people own a pair or have owned a pair in the past. They are the type of shoe that carries memories, worn on adventures and improving with age. I have quite the attatchment to my pair to the point that even though they really have seen better days I can’t bring myself to part with them or replace them with a newer pair. 
The brand has history, Converse was born in 1908 from the brain of a man called Marquis Mills Converse. He vowed it would be a company that would be independent enough not to follow every other company out there in what they did. It worked. Over 100 years on and Converse have survived where other brands have failed.
Over the years that followed Converse took on many different forms and purposes. From the arrival of Chuck Taylor on the scene to designing apparel for service men during World War II. 
During the era of Rock n Roll the hi-top shoe that we wear and love today really took off, teamed with blue jeans and leather you can see some trends don’t fade with time.
In the years following this Converse took on many different forms. Colour was introduced- we can now own the shoe in any colour and any pattern the heart desires (I myself covet a glittery pair).
This is a story that has no ending. The brand continues to grow and I can’t even beging to imagine what the next century will bring. I’ll leave you with this video as an ending to my ramblings. I hope you enjoyed this post though, it was good to write something a little bit different.
 What’s your Converse story? I’d love to hear all about them. 
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8 comments for “Converse- the history behind the shoe

  1. I love converse always have always will. I had to throw my last pair away as you couldnt even call them shoes any more the top had completely came away from the sole! But for the £20odd I paid for them 5years isnt bad going! I love that converse stand for something, good quality and comfort and a style everyone can make their own. From simply changing the laces to drawing on them and glittering them up like I did to mine!!

  2. My converse lasted 3 years, and to say i wore them everyday would be an understatement. They were THE most comfiest shoes you could live in. i even wore them under my prom dress in true hipster fashion!

  3. Believe it or not, I’ve never owned a pair!

    Corinne x

  4. Oh how I love my converse, even for how bloody long they last for. I’ve had one pair that i’ll admit to buying in 2006 and they are still in a great condition and I’ve worn them so much. They are certainly made to last!

  5. Wow I had no idea that they were that old! I love my many pairs dearly 🙂 xx

  6. Converse are such a classic brand – I drew all over my first pair of black hi tops about 8 years ago and still have them to this day 🙂 happy easter lovely xx

  7. I wear white Converse Jack Purcell Sneakers myself. They have no leather at all (I’m a vegetarian), are very comfortable, reasonably priced, and they have almost no treads so they don’t carry a lot of dirt in if one fails to take them off before entering the house and would be suitable for playing tennis on a clay court.

  8. I love Converse! I’ve owned several pairs since buying my first (a green pair of Chucks) about six years ago. I even wore a white pair on my wedding day 🙂