Converse- Way Cooler Than You Realized

2 Nov

They may pinch your toes and allow your feet to get cold when it’s 35 degrees out (wait, it’s November already?), but the awesomeness of the Converse sneaker way surpasses any discomfort.  Anybody who doesn’t live under a rock owns a pair or five, from the hippest hipster to my dad (I think he owns at least two pairs). I absolutely ADORE the look and style of the classic Chuck, and am just starting my collection.

I’m starting work on a costume design for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-on-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel (Happy Medium Theatre, January).  The director asked for Converse, so I did a little research on their history.  Fascinating stuff!  Did you know they were created by Marquis Mills Converse in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1908?  Opening up that new store in downtown Boston now seems to have historical significance.  Ten years later Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor, Mr. Basketball himself, endorses the shoe as he travels around the country, introducing the sport to the nation.  Converse sneakers become the go-to shoe for basketball for decades, and when the sport becomes extremely popular in the 50s, the shoe does as well.

Another name to note- Mr. Jack Purcell, badminton champ of the 1930s, designs a court shoe with the distinctive “smile,” another instant classic.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if basketball players today played in Converse instead of their massive, ugly things?  WHAT IF, like the NFL, the NBA chose a few games here and there to wear uniforms styled like the days of old?

I bet the Celtics would look great playing in green Converse …

For more info, check out these sites:

http://shoes.about.com/od/athleticshoes/qt/conversesneaker.htm

http://www.insidehoops.com/converse-history.shtml

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2 Responses to “Converse- Way Cooler Than You Realized”

  1. robynlinden November 3, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    LOVE the subway ads for Converse, too, with the T-Shirts that have the names of Boston suburbs on them. Yes.

  2. Kaileen November 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Gah! I don’t own a pair! I’m lame.

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