blue toecap original vintage Chuck Taylors
Elvis wearing high-tops in Blue Hawaii
Little Darlings Tatum o'Neill kicking with Converse
Rocky in Converse
Travolta & team Rydell High Grease 1978
High tops in 'Stand by Me'
West Side Story
original Chuck Taylors my first ever pair
The very first version of the All Star basketball shoe was produced in 1917. The All Star shoe originally came in natural brown colors with black trim.
Charles H. Taylor was a basketball player for the Akron Firestones. In 1921 he joined the Converse sales force. His personal salemanship plus clever marketing devices like the Converse Basketball Yearbooks put his imprint on the sport at all team levels.Because he was so successful in promoting the All Star sneaker, as well as making important changes in the original All Star shoe, in 1932, his name "Chuck Taylor" was added to the ankle patch. Hence the "Chuck Taylor" All Star basketball shoe was born!
In the 1930s Chuck Taylor designed the optical white high top model for the 1936 Olympics, and the shoe with its patriotic red and blue trim became very popular along with all black canvas and leather models of the All Star.
The Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star, once the premiere shoe of elite baskteball players now became the shoe of the counter-culture now massively popular with bands and musicians and actors.
I still love my converse and will wear them with all kinds of outfits and all seasons, woolly tights, bare legs. My current pair all star low tops are fallling to pieces but still I love them and have done since moving to Wales as a high top wearing 8yr old and being asked where I had bought my '"daps". The strong memory is of me looking down to my feet and my beloved high tops was that no-one else was wearing them here. I liked that feeling!