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Encyclopedia > Converse (company)
Converse Chucks' shoes (black with flames)
Converse Chucks' shoes (black with flames)

Converse is an American shoe company that has been selling shoes since the early 20th century. Marquis M. Converse opened the business in Malden, Massachusetts in 1908, as a rubber shoe manufacturer. Its main turning point came in 1917 when the canvas "All-Star" was introduced. Then in 1918, a basketball player named Charles H. "Chuck" Taylor walked into Converse complaining of sore feet. Converse gave him a job. His work as a salesman and ambassador, promoting the shoes around the United States so impressed Converse that in 1923, Chuck Taylor's name began appearing on the ankle patch, and the shoes became affectionately known as Chucks. He tirelessly continued this work until shortly before his death in 1969. Image File history File links Converse logo, deeming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... Chuck Taylor All-Star Converse is an American shoe company that has been selling shoes since the early-20th century. ... Malden Auditorium in 1909 Malden is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Evolution of the rules of basketball 1895 The free throw line was officially placed 15. ... Charles H. Chuck Taylor (June 24, 1901–June 23, 1969), was an American minor league basketball player and lifelong promoter of Converse Shoes and is most associated with Chuck Taylor All-Star basketball shoes. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Chuck Taylor All-Star Miscellaneous All-Stars Chuck Taylor All-Stars are canvas and rubber shoes produced by Converse Shoes. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


For decades, Chucks only came in black or white, but under pressure from basketball teams it was decided in 1966 to manufacture many different colors. Different materials started to appear also, such as leather, suede and vinyl, and even hemp, rather than just canvas. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Modern leather-working tools Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides, pelts and skins of animals, primarily cows. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Leather. ... Polyvinyl chloride, commonly abbreviated PVC, is a widely-used plastic. ... This is one of several related articles about cannabis. ... Canvas is an extremely heavy-duty fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, and other functions where sturdiness is required. ...


Converse's line of shoes also include Jack Purcell and Heritage.


Wildly popular during the 1970s and early 1980s, Converse lost some of its popularity and apparent monopoly during the mid-1980s and much of the 1990s, with the surge of new competitors such as Nike and Reebok who introduced radical new designs to the market. Converse found themselves to be no longer the official shoe of the National Basketball Association, a title they had enjoyed for many, many years. This loss of market share, combined with poor business decisions forced Converse to file for bankruptcy on January 22, 2001. When the company subsequently changed hands that year, the last factory in the United States was closed. Thereafter, manufacturing for the American market was no longer performed in the United States, but instead in a number of Asian countries, including China, Indonesia and Vietnam. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1971 to 1980, inclusive. ... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... Nike, Inc. ... NBA logo, depicting former star Jerry West Location of NBA teams, conferences and divisions NBA redirects here. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


In July 9, 2003, the company accepted a $305 million purchase offer from rival Nike. July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nike, Inc. ...

Converse fashion in Paris
Converse fashion in Paris

Despite the major setbacks for Converse in recent times, the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star is the most successful shoe in history, and has enjoyed recent popularity thanks to a resurgence of old skool trends. By the turn of the 21st century, over 750 million pairs have been sold worldwide. They no longer seem to be worn by their original target market of basketballers (at least not in the professional sphere), but instead by the average boy or girl in the street. Some are so enthusiastic about the sneakers that they have a vast, ever-growing collection. They are also quite popular amongst musicians. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars have been popular for decades in the American punk and indie rock scenes, and Hollywood has popularized Chucks in countless motion pictures. For example the rapper Snoop Dogg makes references to Chucks in his songs and in the 1985 film Back to the Future, a close-up camera shot reveals Michael J. Fox's character Marty to be wearing Chucks. Even the Warner Brothers' cartoon alien, Marvin the Martian, is shown wearing Chucks. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1619x1387, 373 KB)Converse high fashion, Paris, December, 2003 Photo taken by contributor File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1619x1387, 373 KB)Converse high fashion, Paris, December, 2003 Photo taken by contributor File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Chuck Taylor All-Star Miscellaneous All-Stars Chuck Taylor All-Stars are canvas and rubber shoes produced by Converse Shoes. ... Old school, sometimes alternately old skool, oldschool or oldskool, is a slang term referring to old ways of thinking or acting, and to old objects in general, within the context of newer, more modern times. ... Chuck Taylor All-Star Miscellaneous All-Stars Chuck Taylor All-Stars are canvas and rubber shoes produced by Converse Shoes. ... A group of punks at a music festival. ... ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Snoop Dogg (born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. ... This article is about the year. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Michael J. Fox on the cover of his book, Lucky Man Michael J. Fox (born June 9, 1961) is a Canadian-born actor, made famous by his roles as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy and as Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties from which... Marvin the Martian on Duck Dodgers Duck Dodgers faces off against Marvin. ...


In addition, Converse had a famous television ad campaign during the early 1980s for the Chuck Taylors, featuring Larry Bird, Julius Erving and Magic Johnson, who commented "They're everywhere!" on the commercials. Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American former basketball player who helped launch the modern style of play that emphasizes leaping ability and play above the rim. ... Magic Johnson Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ...


The BSD Daemon is commonly depicted wearing a pair of Converse shoes, particularly in the versions used by FreeBSD. BSD Daemon is the BSD operating systems mascot, named after a daemon, a type of software program common on Unix-like operating systems. ... FreeBSD is a Unix-like free operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) branch through 386BSD and 4. ...


Converse currently has Andre Miller, Mike Sweetney, Jameer Nelson, Kirk Hinrich, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade as endorsers in the NBA. Andre Miller. ... Michael Damien Sweetney (born October 25, 1982 in Washington, DC) is a pro basketball player. ... 2004 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Jameer Nelson. ... Kirk James Hinrich [surname pronounced HINE-RIK] (born January 2, 1981 in Sioux City, Iowa) is an NBA basketball player, currently playing point guard for the Chicago Bulls. ... Christopher Wesson Bosh (born March 24, 1984 in Dallas, Texas) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, selected as the fourth overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 2003 NBA Draft. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ...


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Corporate Directors: John G. Connors | Jill Conway | Alan Graf | Douglas Houser | Jeanne Jackson | Phil Knight | Orin Smith | John Thompson Nike, Inc. ... A corporation is a legal person that exists quite separately from the natural persons who work with and for it. ... It has been suggested that Board of Trustees be merged into this article or section. ... Phil Knight Philip H. Knight (born February 24, 1938) is the co-founder and former CEO of Nike, Inc. ... John Thompson, Jr. ...

Assets & Products: Air Jordan | Bauer | Cole Haan | Converse | Exeter Brands Group | Hurley International | Nike Air Max | Nike Free | Nike Golf | Swoosh | Team Starter The Side of a white Air Jordan XXI. The Air Jordan is a brand of Nike basketball shoe named after Michael Jordan. ... Cole Haan began in Chicago in 1928. ... Hurley International, a youth clothing company located in Costa Mesa, California founded by the Hurley Family in Williamsburg, Virginia. ... Nike Air Max is a shoe by the company Nike that was introduced in 1987 as the first example of Air Max-branded technologies. ... Nike Free is technology developed by Nike, Inc. ... Swoosh brand for Nike, Inc. ...

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Converse (company) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (629 words)
Converse is an American shoe company that has been selling shoes since the early 20th century.
Wildly popular during the 1970s and early 1980s, Converse lost some of its popularity and apparent monopoly during the mid-1980s and much of the 1990s, with the surge of new competitors such as Nike and Reebok who introduced radical new designs to the market.
Converse found themselves to be no longer the official shoe of the National Basketball Association, a title they had enjoyed for many, many years.
CONVERSE Article Text (2197 words)
CONVERSE was born in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, on the 20th of October, 1833, and was therefore nine years of age when the family came to this territory.
CONVERSE were born six children, five of whom are yet living, namely: Mary, the wife of Melvin MACRAE, of Valley township; Charles H., of California; Ella, the wife of Archie TALBOTT, also of Valley township; Emma, the wife of Charles DEWEY, of Dexter; and Clara, the wife of Leslie OLSEN, of Valley township.
CONVERSE is an early settler of Pottawattamie county and one of the pioneers of the state, having for 65 years resided within its borders.
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